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18 amazing wind farm photos

By: Shea Gunther on Feb. 1, 2010, 12:43 p.m.
Mountaineer Wind Energy Center

Photo: National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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What's not to love?

I'm an unabashed fan of wind turbines. I took a tour of a wind farm a few years ago and was blown away by the beauty of the towering, majestic monoliths spread out over the Wyoming hills. The slowly turning blades reminded me with every revolution that a little bit less coal would be burned to power our way of life. I pored through the photo archives of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to find 20 of the most stunning photos of wind turbines.

Here, the Mountaineer Wind Energy Center consists of 44 228-foot turbines that generate enough clean electricity annually to power 20,000 homes in the Backbone Mountains of West Virginia. I love this photo because it’s a view that’s not seen very often. (Text: Shea Gunther)