While tonight's episode of "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" advertises a Martha Stewart focus, Brent Ridge has let slip that green energy will also share a bit of the spotlight.
"When we first purchased Beekman Farm, our ultimate goal (which will take us many decades to reach) was to make the farm biodynamic, meaning that everything we use on the farm is somehow derived from the farm," he writes. "The idea of being self-sustaining is a lofty goal but one worth the effort no matter how many years it takes us to get there."
The Windspire has become a popular alternative to traditional turbines — integrating a propeller-free design into a small package with extremely quiet operation. The standard system measures 30-feet tall, 4-feet wide and weighs roughly 650 pounds
Josh and Brent chose a 1.2kW version that costs around $5,000 installed and will produce about 2000 kilowatt hours per year in 11 mph average wind. According to Brent, all that green power will come in handy during peak goat milking season.
"Oddly, the wind turbine is so quiet and blends so well that we often have to point it out to people in order for them to notice it," he writes. "Once they do, they are generally mesmerized. It actually has a tranquility to it. We think of it is a wonderful piece of kinetic art in the farmyard."
For a peek at the new addition to the Beekman Farm, check out "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" tonight on Planet Green at 10 p.m. EST.
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