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Wind Turbines Coming to a City Near You
4/24/2013

An artist's impression of how the wind turbines could be installed on city buildings.   (Source: University of Wollongong)
An artistís impression of how the wind turbines could be installed on city buildings.
(Source: University of Wollongong)

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Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   5/9/2013 7:25:46 PM
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Rob, I'm afraid I feel the same way you used to. When I drive about 60 miles west of Chicago, I see great groups of wind turbines in the farm lands. They do detract from the serene look of that area.

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Mydesign   5/7/2013 11:43:39 PM
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"Acutually, MyDesign, Albuquerque is a good city for a combo of wind and solar. Right now, it's overcast and windy. When it clears up, the wind will go, but the sun will come out."

Rob, then I think it may be one of the good place to live in. lucky fellows.



Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   5/6/2013 10:50:08 AM
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Acutually, MyDesign, Albuquerque is a good city for a combo of wind and solar. Right now, it's overcast and windy. When it clears up, the wind will go, but the sun will come out.

Mydesign
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Mydesign   5/2/2013 11:32:05 PM
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"I live in Albuquerque, too. As you mentioned, we have plenty of wind during the string. But as a father of a kite-loving daughter, I can testify that most days here are not that windy. We have plenty of opportunity for solar however, since we get tons of sunshine."

Rob, we cannot assure the availability of both sunlight and wind throughout the year. That's the reason; we had implemented hybrid models, so that one or another will, be there throughout the year.



Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   5/2/2013 9:58:08 PM
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Yes, that would look strange, Chuck. Yet I remember the first time I saw wind turbines on the Texas plains, like something out of one of those early science fiction magazines. They gave me the willies, but they were also beautiful in their way

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   5/2/2013 10:29:59 AM
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Hey, Mydesign, I live in Albuquerque, too. As you mentioned, we have plenty of wind during the string. But as a father of a kite-loving daughter, I can testify that most days here are not that windy. We have plenty of opportunity for solar however, since we get tons of sunshine.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   5/1/2013 9:58:09 PM
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Admittedly, Rob, it would also look pretty strange to have a 200-foot-tall wind turbine atop a 30-story building.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   5/1/2013 4:28:40 PM
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I can see that the solar/wind combo could be a good combination. However, many offices and residences may have windows for wind, but if they're on the 20th floor of a 40-story building, they would not have roof space for solar. Another concern might be the loss of view from the window that has now become a wind turbine.

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jmiller   4/30/2013 8:50:54 PM
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I've read that Iowa is the third largest state in production of wing power.  However, one of the biggest problems is getting the energy from where it is generated to where it can be used.  In that example it's places like Chicago, Kansas City and St Louis that can use the energy that generated in little ol' Iowa.

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Rob Spiegel   4/30/2013 8:14:33 PM
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Hey Shehan, unfortunately, we won't run low on fuel anytinme soon. The high price of fuel has spurred a wave of exporation and new technology to extract hard-to-get-to oil and gas (fracking). Those sources remain cheaper than most alternative fuels.

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