Wind Power Asheville NC

Local resource for wind power in Asheville. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to wind energy, power grids, zoning laws, wind mills, turbines, electricians, wind farmers and wind analysis, as well as advice and content on renewable energy and resources.

Green Brothers Solar, LLC
(828) 280-7287
8 White Ave
Asheville, NC
solar thermal, Solar PV, Radiant floor, Training

Sundance Power Systems, Inc.
(828) 645-2080
11 Salem Hill Rd.
Weaverville, NC
Solar Electricity, Solar Hot Water, Radiant Floor Heat, Wind and Hydro Power for Residential and Commercial Systems.

North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association
(919) 832-7601
P.O. Box 6465
Raleigh, NC
Viking Energy
(704) 540-9089
13860 Ballantyne Corporate Pl Ste 140
Charlotte, NC
NC Solar Now, a SolarTEK Energy of NC company
(919) 439-0556
2031 Progress Court
Raleigh, NC
Asheville Geothermal Inc.
(828) 712-6786
PO Box 18757
Asheville, NC
Geothermal HVAC Systems

Appalachian State University
(252) 717-9730
PO Box 9096
Boone, NC
NCSU Renewable Energy Society
(919) 515-9782
Box 7401
Raleigh, NC
Water & Energy Conservation Systems
(704) 364-2000
8317 Sardiscroft Rd
Charlotte, NC
Key Energy Solutions
(919) 228-9539
904 Spring Gate Ct
Apex, NC
Photovoltaic - Solar Power

Wind Energy

Energy is blowing in the wind

Wind power is actually another form of solar energy . As the sun heats air, land and water on the surface of the earth, different areas absorb heat at different rates; the resulting temperature differentials create water and air movement , manifesting themselves as winds and ocean currents that help to keep the world running with relatively stable climate and precipitation conditions.

Wind power technologies are simply a means of taking advantage of this natural force to do useful work, rather than just watching it blow leaves around. Humankind has been making use of wind power for millennia, from the vast sailing ships of old to the large wooden windmills for grinding wheat and other grains (hence the name windmill, as opposed to simply wind turbine). The huge water pumping windmills used in Holland also made use of this natural force, to move water in the process of reclaiming land from the sea.

These methods permitted the use of wind for mechanical energy, by harnessing it into some form of physical work. The comparison to an electrical wind turbine is like the comparison of a car to a gasoline generator - one is designed to produce motion while the other is designed to produce electricity, but both use the same fuel. A wind turbine simply uses the mechanical energy captured in its spinning motion to produce electricity, for charging a battery or powering an electrical device directly.

The largest wind turbines are designed to be self-contained power plants, outputting electricity directly to the utility grid just like large coal, hydro or nuclear power plants. In some cases, these wind machines are grouped together in 'wind farms' with a nearby power substation to handle the electricity pumped out by the machines. Wind power is the single fastest growing energy source worldwide, although it currently comprises a very small portion of global energy supply - 0.051% as of 2003 according to the International Energy...

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