Wind Power Hood River OR

Local resource for wind power in Hood River. 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.

LB & LB Electric
509-365-4371
605 Washington St
Lyle, WA
 
Dallesport Water Association
509-767-4767
PO Box 131
Dallesport, WA
 
Northwest Solar Solutions
(503) 639-8192
PO Box 230939
Tigard, OR
 
Impact Battery
(866) 668-3163
2088 Robinson Road
Grants Pass, OR
Services
Solar batteries

Truax Builders Supply, Inc.
(503) 256-4066
10949 S.E. Division
Portland, OR
 
Big River Electric
509-365-5030
608 State
Lyle, WA
 
Solar Oregon
(503) 231-5662
1231 NW Hoyt St Ste 402
Portland, OR
 
RS Energy
(503) 570-9425
20915 SW 105th Avenue
Tualatin, OR
Services
Solar Power Provider, Installer,

Super Green Homes
(541) 302-1949
394 Kalmia St
Junction City, OR
Services
Hers Rating

TraneOregon
(503) 620-8031
P.O. Box 23579
Tigard, OR
 

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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