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Wind Energy Basics: A Guide to Home- And Community-Scale Wind-Energy Systems

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The availability of clean, renewable power is without question going to be the defining challenge and goal of the 21st century, and wind will lead the way.Internationally acclaimed wind energy expert Paul Gipe is as soberly critical of past energy mistakes as he is convincingly optimistic about the future. The overwhelming challenge of transforming our world from one of fossil carbon to one of clean power seems daunting at best--and paralyzingly impractical at worst. Wind Energy Basics offers a solution.Wind power can realistically not only replace the lion's share of oil-, coal-, and naturalgas- fired electrical plants in the U.S., but also can add enough extra power capacity to allow for most of the cars in the nation to run on electricity. Gipe explains why such a startlingly straightforward solution is eminently doable and can be accomplished much sooner than previously thought--and will have the capacity to resuscitate small and regional economies.Wind Energy Basics offers a how-to for home-based wind applications, with advice on which wind turbines to choose and which to avoid. He guides wind-energy installers through considerations such as renewable investment strategies and gives cautionary tales of wind applications gone wrong. And for the activist, he suggests methods of prodding federal, state, and provincial governments to promote energy independence.

About the Author

Paul Gipe has worked with wind energy since 1976. His experience with the technology runs the gamut from measuring wind resources to installing residential wind turbines. Gipe is best known for his advocacy of wind energy and for his articles and books on the subject. Through his writing and public speaking, Gipe has sought to popularize the use of wind energy worldwide. In 1998 the World Renewable Energy Congress designated Gipe a "pioneer in renewable energy," one of the group's highest honors.

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ISBN:
9781603580304
Author:
Gipe, Paul
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Subject:
Environmental
Subject:
Environmental - General
Subject:
Power Resources - General
Subject:
Wind power
Subject:
Distributed generation of electric power
Subject:
Electricity
Subject:
Power Resources - Alternative & Renewable
Subject:
General-General
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Color illustrations, charts, and tables
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
10 x 8 in

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