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6 Benefits of Wind Turbine Installation

With advances in technology and increased awareness in regards to green energy sources and their capacity to provide clean and reliable power to our homes and businesses, wind turbines have been on the rise in popularity. In rural areas with lots of open space, many farmers and ranchers are realizing the benefits that come from having a wind turbine installed on their property.

Wind Turbine Advantages

1) No Pollutants

Wind energy generates electricity that is clean and free of the harmful chemicals that are found in traditional non-renewable resources like petroleum and fossil fuels. Wind power is a clean energy source, which means fewer greenhouse gases and emissions when compared to other methods of generating electricity.

2) Inexhaustible Resource

Did you know that wind energy is actually a form of solar energy? Because of this, as long as the sun’s radiation unevenly heats the Earth, hot air will continue to rise and cool air will move to fill the void. This movement is considered kinetic energy and can be harnessed via turbine technology.

3) Cost Competitive

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “The average levelized price of wind power purchase agreements signed in 2013 was approximately 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, a price that is not only cost competitive with new gas-fired power plants but also compares favorably to a range of fuel cost projections of gas-fired generation extending out through 2040.” It’s clear that power generated from wind energy is comparative in cost to other methods of generating electricity.

4) No Water Consumption

Since they rely on the kinetic energy we talked about above, wind turbines don’t need water in order to operate (unlike electricity generated at a power plant). Researchers at the American Wind Energy Association claim that wind energy in the power industry is directly responsible for saving 60 billion gallons of water in 2014, and that trend is only expected to rise.

5) Low Operation Costs

Once the initial manufacturing and installation processes have been completed, the cost to upkeep a wind turbine is usually lower than you may expect. Since there are no fuel sources, there is no incurred cost associated with the upkeep aside from regular preventative maintenance, which is a fraction of the cost of your initial investment.

6) Energy Savings

One of the best wind turbine advantages is saving money on energy costs. While they are a larger initial investment, installing a wind turbine will save you money on power costs in the long run by allowing you to plug into your own grid and use the power you’ve generated for yourself.

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How Preventative Maintenance Helps Eliminate Issues

Before the planting season begins, it’s essential to perform an inspection of irrigation equipment to ensure it remains operational and efficient throughout the growing season. Potential issues with farm irrigation systems include:

  • Center pivot irrigation pipeline is experiencing a detachment of its sprinkler and creating a geyser.
  • When sprinklers no longer rotate or begin rotating uncontrollably.
  • Pump water levels are declining, which results in pressure and system flow rates inadequately matching the equipment’s design.
  • Boots, gaskets, and other seals experiencing leakage.
  • Nozzles or pressure regulators are becoming plugged.
  • If there’s too much distance between the sprinklers, that wide gap will cause plants not to receive water.
  • Pressure regulators are failing.

What Do These Problems Mean for Irrigation?

If these problems continue persistently, they can result in too much water flowing in some areas and too little at others. Therefore, it’s vital that water uniformity checks occur periodically to ensure flows are adequate. Otherwise, if minor system problems remain and continue going without detection, they can result in a significant reduction in yields.

What Preventative Measures Can Farmers Use?

Because an irrigation system is such a significant investment, it doesn’t hurt for farmer’s to know pump and motor maintenance. In doing so, they’ll increase the efficiency and lifespan of these components. The first step is to examine the manufacturer specifications regarding coolant, filters, oil, and spark plugs. The next step is to ensure the bolts securing the motor remain tight. Finally, these subsequent maintenance procedures, conduct the following:

  • The centrifugal pumps should have free movement
  • Gaskets should have tight seals
  • There shouldn’t be any leaks
  • Adequate support should be available for piping and pumps
  • There should be sufficient lubrication

What About What Distribution and Treatment?

It isn’t uncommon for preventative maintenance to extend to the need to modify irrigation water distribution. It’s possible to achieve this goal by adding chemicals, filtering, and reducing pressure. In doing so, farmers may find that their filters are undergoing a biological, chemical, or physical blockage. Each of these blocks prevents sufficient water distribution, which results in the pump experiencing a more massive load. Therefore, screens should have checks and cleanings regularly to prevent sediment or other substances from building up. If pressure regulators begin wearing out over time, they could be experiencing damage and should undergo an inspection. These inspections may reveal cracks in diaphragms or tears in hoses. It’s possible to diagnose problems by using pressure gauges directly down or up-stream of filters.

What Should Growers Do at the End of the Season?

Just as the beginning of the season is essential for maintaining irrigation pivots, so is the end. It’s at this point growers should be looking for how their water distribution patterns are occurring and if remedies need to happen. Additionally, lines should experience cleaning and flushing to ensure they continue working optimally. If the grower’s region calls for winter leaching to occur, this is also the optimal time for setting that up.

Choose Woofter Construction & Irrigation for Your Irrigation Systems Maintenance

Seeking more information regarding the maintenance of your pivot irrigation system? Are you ready to implement a regular systems maintenance schedule? Contact our experts at Woofter Construction & Irrigation at (785) 462-8653 or contact us and we’ll guide you through the best options for your maintenance, as well as future repairs.