Meet the experts: Vickerman, Sagrillo, Bartman

Posted on June 26, 2008. Filed under: Wind |


From an article by Dustin Block in The Daily Reporter features RENEW Wisconsin Executuive Director Michael Vickerman, RENEW board members Mick Sagrillo, and Dan Bartman, one of the founders of otherpower.com, an organization dedicated to homegrown alternative energy:

Of all renewable energy sources, wind power presents the best chance for the state to produce green energy. Wind power is expected to make up 95 percent of the state’s goal to have 10 percent of its energy come from renewable sources by 2015, according to the nonprofit environmental group RENEW Wisconsin.

But what does it take to build wind power? We asked four small wind experts what it takes to build a viable wind power project.

Q. What is small wind?

A. MICHAEL VICKERMAN: It essentially means turbines that feed back to the grid from your house or business. They’re not utility-scale. They generate under 100 kilowatts per turbine and are shorter than 170 feet. We Energies new wind turbines near Fond du Lac are 260 feet tall with blades that are 130 feet long.

Q. Why should businesses and individuals consider small wind?

A. VICKERMAN: We need diversity in the size and resources of our energy grid. The more diverse the grid, the strong it is. We would like to empower all sizes of players in the energy market. Anybody who wants to build a power plant should be able to build a power plant, large medium or small.

 

 

 

 

 

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