March 9, 2015

Gordo Down

Our 1000 watt wind generator, Gordo, had a little accident and is now grounded.

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We have been having very high winds recently, but unfortunately we haven’t been getting any electricity out of them.

A couple of weeks ago, we had steady 40-50mph wind, which suddenly gusted to a little under 70mph. A magnet from the rotor came loose and flew into one of the blades, knocking a hole through it. The machine was then off-balance and bent the pole a little.

We turned it off, so it didn’t keep spinning crazily and the next day we took it down. We haven’t yet had a chance to fix it, so it remains grounded.

Our skyline just doesn’t look right without a wind generator.

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