Man has long used the power of the wind to propel ships, pump water, and power gristmills for grinding grains. Now this abundant and free natural energy is being put to another use, producing electricity.
Green energy from the sun and wind are free, renewable energy sources that are being explored as alternative energy sources all over the world. But one small town in the United States actually runs entirely off of wind power.
Rural Rock Port, Missouri uses 4 wind turbines to produce all of the city's electrical power. The turbines now power every computer, every appliance and every light in town, even the only traffic light on Main Street, making this city of 1,300 the first and only in the nation to run completely on wind power.
The wind turbines are projected to produce 16 million kilowatt hours of electricity every year, which is actually 3 million kilowatt hours more than the city expects to need.
The company that contracted with the city to build and install the turbines expect that the electrical output they provide will be enough to keep the electricity bills for every home and business in town at the current level for 25 years.
The local landowners who lease the land the windmills are located on are happy for more than just the reduction in their power bills. Land owners are paid anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 a year for the half acre of property surrounding each turbine. That is more than they could earn growing soybeans or corn.
The uncertainty of energy prices has more people across the world becoming more involved in using solar and wind power to produce electricity. In the future we will have no other option but to make better use of our natural energy resources. The advantages of using natural energy as a means of producing clean and renewable energy can no longer afford to be ignored.
Many homeowners are discovering that building a home windmill is an excellent way to reduce their energy costs. Clean efficient energy from the wind is being used in more homes every year in an effort to lower electricity costs and reduce dependence on the utility companies.