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Jockey's Ridge to harness the power of wind

The turbines will be located behind the Park's Visitors Center and the maintenance building. According to Barnes, energy produced from the turbines will provide power to the Park restrooms.

Whether it's blowing hard or soft, wind is an element on the Outer Banks that is often thought of as detrimental to anything it comes in contact with. But often things come full circle and now wind, once a primary means of energy on the banks, is once again being put to use.

Recent actions taken by Jockey's Ridge State Park to add two wind turbines on the premises seek to dispel the belief that wind is always destructive, both through example and education.

With the installation of the turbines, park officials hope to promote the use of alternative energy while saving some money at the same time, said Park Superintendent George Barnes.

"We are currently in the process of obtaining the turbines which we hope will serve an efficient source of alternative energy as well as an educational resource for visitors," he said.

The turbines will be located behind the Park's Visitors Center and the maintenance building. According to Barnes, energy produced from the turbines will provide power to the Park restrooms.

The Park also has plans to connect the two turbines to a computer system which will analyze data and teach visitors about wind and its importance as a source for... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Whether it's blowing hard or soft, wind is an element on the Outer Banks that is often thought of as detrimental to anything it comes in contact with. But often things come full circle and now wind, once a primary means of energy on the banks, is once again being put to use.

Recent actions taken by Jockey's Ridge State Park to add two wind turbines on the premises seek to dispel the belief that wind is always destructive, both through example and education.

With the installation of the turbines, park officials hope to promote the use of alternative energy while saving some money at the same time, said Park Superintendent George Barnes.

"We are currently in the process of obtaining the turbines which we hope will serve an efficient source of alternative energy as well as an educational resource for visitors," he said.

The turbines will be located behind the Park's Visitors Center and the maintenance building. According to Barnes, energy produced from the turbines will provide power to the Park restrooms.

The Park also has plans to connect the two turbines to a computer system which will analyze data and teach visitors about wind and its importance as a source for renewable energy.

"The computers will be hooked up to an exhibit in our visitors center which will show visitors how much energy we're actually saving," said Barnes.

Wind turbines generate electricity by converting the rotation of turbines into electrical current by means of an electrical generator. Wind energy is positive for the environment because it is clean and diminishes the greenhouse effect if it is used to replace fossil fuels in energy production.

Coquina Beach in South Nags Head has a bathhouse that has found success with the use of wind turbines in order to save power, especially during the summer months when the location experiences heavy visitation.

According to the NC Solar Center, nearly all of the energy used by the Coquina Beach bathhouse is produced by the 2.5 kilowatt turbine. Based on an average wind speed of 14 miles per hour, the turbine has been estimated to produce 6,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year.

The Town of Nags Head is expected to add the wind turbines as a permitted use to the town code during its next town board meeting.

Barnes said that the park is currently in the process of finding a proper place to obtain the turbines.

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AUG 30 2006
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