Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Bowling Green Windmills
The City of Bowling Green has been making efforts towards conserving. Bowling Green is the home of Ohio’s first utility-sized wind farm. In November of 2003, the first two went up and cost $4.8 million dollars. One year later, in 2004 the other two were put up for only $4 million dollars. They have since become a tourist attraction for the area. West on Route 6, you will find the four energy wind mills, each of them 257 feet tall. To give you a better picture of the height is to vision a 30 story building. Each of the blades weighs 22,000 pounds, just to give you another idea of how big they really are. They generate enough electricity for up to 3,000 people, or 785 homes a year. How do windmills produce energy? The blades of the windmills that are turned by the power of the wind are connected to an electric generator. As the blades turn, they are creating more and more energy. Then the electricity comes together through the wires. The Bowling Green wind mills produce 7,245 megawatts of power every hour. However, Ohio ranks number 37 in wind energy potential according to American Wind Energy Association in Washington. To learn more about the energy windmills of Bowling Green, you can visit greenenergyohio.org As Always, Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.