Robert Lowry often finds himself staring at a digital meter on his farmstead to see just how much power his new on-farm wind turbine is generating.
After Lowry put up two new grain bins at his Somers, IA, farm, his tab for electricity at MidAmerican Energy Company jumped from a few hundred dollars to $1,500/month during the postharvest drying season. The 35,000-bu. bins, installed in 2007 and 2008, each had two 12-hp. fan dryers. Lowry had several smaller dryers on his existing bins, as well....More