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Travellers are bringing back lots of news of windpower

Will wind energy ever be developed here for commercial purposes? Beyond the Bull Run Valley?
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By Ed Waggener

In the last week or so, a number of Adair Countians abroad have come back with reports about windmill farm sightings as they crossed the prairie cornland.

Peggy Spoon came home with some great photographs from near Sandwich and Dwight, Illinois. They accompany this article.

Pen noticed them on his way to and from Chicago, There is a huge installation north of Lafayette, he said. "They seemed to stretch as far as the eye could see," he said.


Recently, a former Adair Countian, who asked that her name not be made public on the matter, at this point, said that she was interested in seeing if known areas of Adair County where the winds are sufficient to make windpower profitable could be developed.

Energy sector leader Bruce Wilson, who operates a number of oil wells in South Central Kentucky, said that he'd passed by wind farms in the west, and found them impressive, with one drawback. "They made a real disagreeable noise," hesaid, but declined to 'go' like the noise when requested. "It's just disagreeable," he said, before breaking camp to check on Jimmy Reliford's deep well at Gradyville with Junior Stotts.

All this is mentioned to see if wind experts in the county could comment on it.

The only developed windpower of any consequence in Adair County is on Bull Run Road, where two installations are used to draw water on Gobbler's Knob and on at least one of the farms on out the road.

Anyone who has ever delivered Courier-Journals on a bicycle in February on Bomar Heights in a poplin jacket, wearing no gloves, knows that the winds up there are fierce, just as they are on Weed and Keltner Ridges.

The wind might not be enough to drive a windwagon from Gradyville to Gascon, as Windwagon Smith did in the primer reader, but there be enough wind for commercial purposes.

And if so, would it be worth it to develop, in light of wind turbine's disagreeable noise?


This story was posted on 2010-06-23 20:00:42
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Windpower: Modern windmill and old barn, Illinois



2010-06-23 - Photo by Peggy Spoon. North of Forest, South of Dwight, IL
"On my way to Sandwich, Illinois," writes Peggy Spoon, "we passed a beautiful old barn and windmill; these were North of Forest, South of Dwight." The photo was posted in ColumbiaMagazine.com Group at Flickr

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Windmill blades are huge



2010-06-23 - Photo by Peggy Spoon. Illinois
"On my way to Sandwich, IL," writes Peggy Spoon, I saw these. They are the blades of the windmill. You can see how large they are compared to the van. We are somewhere, North of Forest, South of Dwight, IL," she wrote. ColumbiaMagazine.com Group at Flickr

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Massive windmills and truck north of Lafayette, IN



2010-06-24 - Photo by Sundance 5158. Lafayette, IN
"You can kind of get an idea of how huge these blades things were by looking at the size of the truck next to it," writes Sundance 5158, a contributing photographer on ColumbiaMagazine.com Group at Flickr. "I cut off most of the top of the pole when I took the photo."

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Windmill under construction north of Lafayette, IN



2010-06-24 - Photo by Sundance 5158. Lafayette, IN
"This one was under construction," writes Sundance 5158, a contributing photographer on ColumbiaMagazine.com Group at Flickr.

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Windmills in Indiana



2010-06-24 - Photo by Sundance 5158. Lafayette, IN
"There were miles and miles of these giant windmills in corn fields in northwestern Indiana just north of Lafayette," writes Sundance 5158, a contributing photographer on ColumbiaMagazine.com Group at Flickr. "We could see them right from I-65. They are used as an alternative energy source, and farm owners get $5000 per windmill at the end of each year. Nice!"

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Wind Turbines along I-65



2010-06-25 - Photo by Graham Waggener. Taken north of Lafayette along I-65.
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