Wind Power Generation Comes to Our Spread

Restoring a Jacobs windplant finally gave MOTHER EARTH NEWS the capacity for wind power generation.



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The wind power generation system MOTHER EARTH NEWS installed on its property relied on an old reliable Jacobs windplant.
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Wind power advocate Michael Hackleman shows off the tail logo.
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The heart of the Jacobs speed governor.
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The tower raising was perhaps the most exhilarating moment of the renovation process. 
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Once the tower was up, raising the refurbished Jacobs generator was the next step.
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The batteries and control room are located beneath the floor of an experimental yurt. 
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With the wind generator installed and functioning, the yurt it was supplying with electricity had enough power for some nighttime reading.
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