A row of 260-foot-tall wind turbines churn out power at the Smoky Hills Wind Farm near Lincoln. A growing number of wind farms across the country are leading to a shortage of technicians to work on the machines.
Operations supervisor Jason Martinson, Lake Benton, Minn., makes his way up to turbine 48 Dec. 19 at the Smoky Hills Wind Farm. The site has 56 wind turbines and is near completion.
A group of 260-foot-high wind towers are silhouetted against the sky at the Elk River Wind farm near Beaumont, Kan. Wind farms could generate as much as 7 percent of U.S. electricity in 15 years, but scientists want to spend more time studying the threat spinning blades pose to birds and bats.
A group of wind turbines is silhouetted by the setting sun on a
wind farm near Montezuma. The newly completed wind farm contains
170 of the 289-foot towers.
A farm house near Montezuma, about 25 miles southwest of Dodge
City, is dwarfed by a row of 13 wind turbines standing 230 feet
tall. These electricity-producing, wind-generated turbines are a
segment of the 170 machines that are located on 12,000 acres of
farmland alongside a stretch of U.S. Highway 56. Farmers are paid
about $2000 per year per tower.
This tractor passes under one of the 200-foot-tall giant wind
generators near Montezuma, which is the home of the Gray County
Wind Farm. Wind and Prairie Task Force members on Monday released a
report recommending ways to preserve grassland while generating