Madame, bear in mind, that Princes govern all things--save the wind.
Quote by Victor Hugo
For the last 2 months or so I have been seeing the big towers in the distance. As I'm leaving Mountain Home AFB traveling back to town, the sun hits the white towers sitting at a distance of about 22 miles as the crow flies. They are easily recognizable as wind mills but I knew very little about them. So on Saturday May 3rd, 2008 I decided to find out more about our area's newest farming product...Energy! My destination was the Bennett Creek and Hot Springs Windfarms.
Getting a Close Look
To get a close up look, one just needs to drive east from Mountain Home on Interstate 84. Get off on Exit 99 head east on the Old Oregon Trail Road. Follow your eyes and the road and you'll eventually pull up to the first group of wind mills within 20 minutes. There are two groups of 10 wind mills each sitting in a farmers field. There are signs tell you not to get too close without prior permission but stopping along side the road was enough for me. Unfortunately the wind mills were not in action on the day I was there. I'm sure it would be quite impressive to watch these things in full motion.
Size of the New Crops
- Each wind mill is about 400 feet tall and are pretty impressive when standing just 30 yards away.
- During full operations this new farm is suppose to be capable of providing enough power for almost 9,000 households.
- For the scientific types, the total energy output will be around 42,000 kilowatts.
- Traditional farming continues undisturbed during energy production. Talk about agricultural multi-tasking.
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