It is officially spring time, and not too long from now our farmers would be busy working on their fields.
Since it is still too early for planting season here in Iowa, here’s the only grown farm that we are harvesting right now.
These “plants” are really humongous by the way. A wind turbine has 3 blades that are 116 feet long that are affixed atop of a 212-foot tower for a total height of 328 feet. The blades sweep a vertical airspace of just under an acre.
Iowa is a national leader in wind power. Here it is by the number:
We are 1st in share of wind energy used.
2nd in installed wind capacity.
3rd in number of wind turbines installed.
In 2016, 37% of Iowa’s total power is from the wind. That equals to 1.85 million home here were powered by the wind. There are more than 4000 wind turbines in Iowa (there’s about 30 wind turbines in this photo if you look closely).
With continued expansion and addition of wind turbines, a power company in Iowa projects that by the year 2021, wind-energy capacity will equal customers’ energy needs. Iowa can be totally powered by the wind.
Maybe the proverb of “when you sow the wind, reap the whirlwind,” can be a positive thing sometimes.
(*photo taken on my way to one of our outreach clinics)