Friday, August 04, 2006

Yes in my backyard

Blogorrah posted about wind turbines and the not in my backyard lobby. Given how windy where I live is, how do I apply to get a mini wind turbine of these in my backyard?

Actually, those solar powered garden lights would work even better if they were recharged by integrated windmills rather then solar panels. When the light is useful, its of more use in the dark winters rather than the long bright summers.

Where can I get one?
How big is it?
What planning permissions do I need?

Will

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5 Comments:

Blogger KM said...

Note that you are talking about one small wind turbine, whereas organized opposition is to sprawling installations of dozens of very large (330-480 feet high) wind turbines. The negative impacts are well out of proportion of the potential benefit. Nobody hears about the developers of or investors in such facilities trying to put them up where they live.

8:31 p.m., August 14, 2006  
Blogger cork-host said...

In that case, why does some developer not propose to build an estate in which every house has a turbine in the backyards.

In would take some of the strain off the national grid and in theory it could help provide power to the rest of the grid.

8:37 a.m., August 15, 2006  
Blogger KM said...

All those buildings would diminish the wind energy available. That's why they have to desecrate remote rural and wild places with their dubious erections.

9:39 p.m., August 16, 2006  
Blogger cork-host said...

But surely the windtunnel effect generated by most housing estates (and quite a few streets) would negate that. The building layout can (and sometimes does) increase the power of the wind.

9:53 a.m., August 17, 2006  
Blogger KM said...

I suppose you could actually design the estate to maximize the wind, but then you'd want large turbines optimally placed as well, which is quite different from your vision of a small device at each home.

12:42 p.m., August 17, 2006  

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