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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Adobe Installs 20 Windspire Turbines



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Adobe Installs 20 Windspire Turbines


via Green Building : Jetson Green by Preston Koerner on 1/7/10


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Several years ago, Adobe made business news by sharing how their green 
building initiatives saved the company big money.  Its San Jose headquarters facility 
includes 
three office towers that have received three LEED Platinum certifications. 
Over time, the company has reduced indoor water use by 22%, landscape 
water use by 76%, electricity by 35%, and natural gas by 41%.  Now Adobe 
generates on-site energy with 20 Windspire small wind turbines by Mariah Power. 

According to Michael Kanellos of Greentech Media, the turbines were placed
on the sixth floor -- surrounding the outdoor employee basketball court -- 
where winds can get to about 14 mph. 
Adobe estimates that it can get about 2,500 kWh per year per turbine. 
Comparatively speaking, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 
a typical U.S. home consumes ~11,000 kWh per year.  So these turbines, 
in the aggregate, provide enough electricity to power about 5 typical U.S. homes. 
A Windspire weighs about 650 pounds and stands four feet wide and 30 feet tall.  
The turbines are manufactured in Manistee, Michigan, and depending on the dealer, 
cost anywhere from $5,000 - $12,000 all in, not including federal, state, and 
local incentives. 
The turbine is definitely one of the best looking options on the market. 
Keep in mind, though, some industry experts say building-integrated wind  
doesn't make sense.  However, every small wind turbine and site is different.  
Due diligence is key to avoiding unmet expectations. 
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Photo credits: Mariah Power.

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