Windmills have small bases, so you put them IN the farm fields. They yield a much better return for the farmer than the same square footage of potatoes.
Solar, on the other hand, is most effective on desert land. It is usually built up off the ground so wildlife can move freely underneath.
Environmental impacts are minimal compared to fracking and oil shale extraction.
Its also far more difficult to EXPORT AE to more profitable areas of the globe than it is to sell oil obtained in America.
Anyone wondering what I'm talking about start here:
The Psychology of Persuasion
Aerostat Platform for Rapid Deployment Airborne Wind TurbineA plan to make wind-power literally leap out from the box, and sail high into the sky, is the striking vision that this team has put forward. Taking advantage of the stronger and more consistent winds higher in the air, they are seeking to hoist a wind-turbine up to 2,000 feet aloft. Not only could this power source be deployed from a single shipping container in about a day in an emergency – it could offer a new angle to rolling out wind-power, so often strait-jacketed by high costs or local objections of late.
The problem with harnessing wind-power close to the ground is that the wind flow gets disrupted by buildings, trees and other landscape features. This has led to wind turbines being erected onto ever-higher towers, making the most of the cleaner, faster air up there. However, bigger means more cost, and more environmental impact.
But what if the buoyancy of a helium-filled shroud was used to concentrate stronger winds into the blades of a horizontally-aligned turbine? Power would be tapped via a conductive tether that holds the system at the optimal altitude. This unique design is adapted from reliable aerostats – essentially tethered blimps – that have decades of experience lifting multi-ton monitoring equipment such as radars into the air for long periods of time.
This Airborne Wind Turbine concept could be particularly useful in remote locations, where getting traditional energy infrastructure up-and-running can be costly and slow. With up to eight times as much power available at those higher altitudes, the economic case for wind farms in the sky could see them soaring more widely soon.
Magenn Power Inc.The Advantages of MARS over Conventional Wind Turbines: Wind Power Anywhere™ removes all placement limitations. Coast-line or off-shore locations are not necessary to capture higher speed winds. Reaching winds at 1,000-feet above ground level allow MARS to be installed closer to the grid. MARS is mobile and can be rapidly deployed, deflated, and redeployed without the need for towers or heavy cranes. MARS is bird and bat friendly with lower noise emissions and is capable of operating in a wider range of wind speeds - from 4 mph to greater than 60 mph.
The Advantages of a MARS combined Wind and Diesel Solution over a Diesel Generator-only solution: MARS can complement a diesel generator by offering a combined diesel-wind power solution. MARS can provide power for a cost that is well below the range of cost for diesel power of $0.50 cents to over $1.00 per kWh in many locations, reflecting the fuel and transportation costs. The MARS combined solution allows lower pollution and green house gas emissions. It also results in lower handling, transporting, and storage costs.
Yes, i know. As I said earlier we all support renewable energy but there are many who do not support political corruption. You apparently do not understand the difference.Updating our energy security is NOT a political strategy for me as it is for so many people. It is a national security imperative. I will support Renewables whether the president is Republican or Democrat. It makes no difference to me.
[QUOTE=Grant;1060382633]Yes it does
Do you understand what cronyism means? It has nothing to do with energy, renewable or otherwise.
No we don'tAs I said earlier we all support renewable energy