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February 2003
California Vineyards Begin To Discover Wind Power
by Peter Asmus
For decades winery managers have relied upon fans that look a lot like airplane propellers to keep their precious grapes from freezing when temperatures start to drop in autumn. The fast movement of air, in essence an artificial wind, has often saved a precious crop during early cold snaps before the wine grape harvest is completed.But when it comes to relying on wind gusts to generate electricity for their operations, a few vineyards are seeing the light now. Thanks to generous state subsidies,...
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