Floydada is a city is blowing in another direction these days. It is something that all of us in West Texas are familiar with the wind. Just outside of Floydada, renewable energy systems of America is farming something, there is never a shortage of wind.
Wind turbines are changing the skyline of West Texas.
Allen Jenson, with Renewable Energy Systems, is the project manager in the construction of more than 20 wind turbines in the Floydada area.
"It works, it's efficient, it makes money for everyone and benefits the environment because it has no emissions and it's strong winds that have brought renewable energy systems to Floydada," Jenson said.
Jenson also adds, "Because we're located on the Caprock, we get a nice extra boost of wind caused by geometry of the ground and the other is a lot of support from the locals here."
It does not look like much now, but soon, this will be the foundation for a Giant Windmill, with a tower 80 meters high; that is about the size of a football field. An 80-ton generator will sit atop that, and there will be three blades, 45 meters each. Twenty-six of them are going up in Floydada and Jenson says each one can power 230 homes.
"It will start generating electricity at 4 to 5 mph or 14 to 15mph, it will go to 23 megawatt level and continue to generate till about 60 mph when it will shut itself down to protect itself," Jenson said.
Yet, while turbines depend on Mother Nature, Jenson says his crew needs some help from Mother Nature right now.
"I understand this is the wettest year on record and it couldn't have come at a worse time because we're trying to build stuff, what we need, a lot of times, is swimming lessons," adds Jenson."
If Mother Nature cooperates, the project should be complete by early December.
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