Golden’s First Wind Turbine

On Wednesday I had the honor of being part of a turbine-raising of what I believe is Golden’s very first wind turbine.  The turbine, which sits on private property near Jackson and 15th (just north of Safeway), is a demonstration project by Southwest Windpower.  They call it a “residential power appliance,” by which they mean to emphasize that this a relatively small and affordable turbine designed for residential uses.  I don’t have any photos yet but I believe the city will have some soon that will go in the December Informer and perhaps on the web site.  The Rocky Mountain News has a nice photo as well as an article on the project’s venture capital (“Venture capital group gambles on wind power”).  The turbine, a 1.8kw design called the Skystream, is expected to cover between 30 and 50 percent of the Courtad’s office building.  My hat is off to Chuck and Jeanette for helping to pave the way.  I encourage you to swing by and take a look.


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