Sunday, April 29, 2007

More On Wind-Generators

Dame Jenny of Floyd sends along these pictures of wind generators taken near Elida and House (both small communities to the south and west, respectively, of P-Town) just to illustrate the size and scale of these wonderful machines. Pretty cool, eh? And by the way...that's a Saturn Vue parked under the tower in the first pic. These towers are massive in height!

The first pic reminds me of those old joke post cards from the Southwest (in color and setting) that were everywhere during the 40's and 50' know, the ones with the gigantic outsized rabbits, jackalopes and the like. Except this pic is REAL.

We were talking about the size of these things in the comments yesterday and my “best guess” was the height of a wind-generator “…is at least 50 feet.” Well, so much for my best guess…which was waaay out of the ball park! As Jenny notes, that would be the diameter of the typical prop in the installations around here! The towers themselves are hundreds of feet high…General Electric manufactures systems with tower heights from 200 feet and up. Their larger systems have a rotor diameter of 104 meters…that’s 338 feet! Imagine the tower height for that baby!!

I’ll be back later…assuming the line of thunderstorms advancing on P-Town doesn’t knock me off the air. It's Sunday...and Yucca Telecom is slow to restore service outages on the weekend. A lightning strike on one of their towers could knock me off the air for hours and hours....


  1. Toby's sister (you know, the single attractive one) works for Iberdrola (I think that is the right company)which is a Spanish wind power company. She travels around West Texas and Eastern NM looking for sites for the giant wind farms. She was in on the set up of the San Jon wind farm. Currently she is working around Jacksboro, TX.

    There is also a big wind farm in the Wichita Mountains near Ft. Hood. Talk about your bombing ranges - of course it is the Army's big guns mostly and not airplanes, but they do occasionally do some bombing runs. The big guns can sometime be heard here in Duncan. They sound like distant thunder.

  2. She travels around West Texas and Eastern NM looking for sites for the giant wind farms.

    What a cool job!! Speaking of the technology and the role she plays in deploying it, of course. The actual reality of traveling from isolated town to isolated town is probably something else, entirely. (and I use the word "town" very loosely...) For assumes your sister-in-law spent more than a couple of days in San Jon... Q.E.D.


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