Thursday, April 16, 2009

Windmills on Altamont Pass, California

Now these are the huge windmills that generate lots of electricity to be fed into the power grid. Can you imagine if parking lots had windpower generating units in addition to photovoltaic panels on the light poles with plug-in outlets at the bases of the light poles (or at the tire-stops for each designated parking space)? You could drive plug-in-hybrid-electric vehicles (PHEVs) and not only save energy, but also have enough juice to be going all the time. Parking lots are sort of "wasted space" anyway. The cars sit out there all day and absorb the sun's rays (and maybe become useful as "solar cookers"!), but with the combination of solar panels on the cars' roofs as well as solar panels on the parking lot light poles, there could be some collection of that incoming solar radiation. With small wind generators also attached to the light poles (being that they are high enough off the ground to snag the ambient breezes), you could charge PHEVs both night and day. Guess what? Gas prices are starting to inch their way back up again.... so maybe those hybrids such as the Honda Accord and the Toyota Prius and the others out there might be looking like good investments again.

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