Wind Power: Turbine Raising

Here are the pictures of our windmill raising! The turbine went up on June 29th and we pretty much turned the entire day into a big barbeque/party. All our neighbors came to watch it go up!

I went out in the pasture to get some clear pictures of the tower being raised. The crane operator from Benchley Cranes was seriously awesome, my dad says the operator could have buttered toast with the end of his hook.

The Crane
The Crane
attaching the crane
attaching the crane
windmill going up
windmill going up

 

 

tower raising

Tower Up

 

the dedicated windmill team
the dedicated windmill team

 

 

lifting the generator
lifting the generator

 

Our Wind Turbine!
Our Wind Turbine!

 

 

Wind Power: Ground Breaking

Well I’m finally posting about an important event here at the farm. We built a wind turbine! Since we live on such a high hill and are in direct line with Lake Erie we always have lots of wind. After doing research, wind power seemed like a great option to utilize all the wind we have, save money on our electricity bill, and be green at the same time!

The 50 kw turbine we put up is our own personal windmill (not like the humongous ones owned by power companies). It should offset about 80% of the electricity we use.

The actual building process took 6 months, but we’ve been planning the project for over 2 years. The ground breaking took place in December, when the footer that anchors the windmill to the ground had to be put in. An excavator dug the pit to hold the 3 legs of the windmill. A tractor trailor load of rebar and 8 cement trucks of cement were used for the footer!

A bleak December day to work on the turbine

The turbine footer in progress
Cleaning the rebar before pouring the concrete
We’re getting a windmill!