Watts in the Wind: Page 5 of 5

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Smith off-grid home
Gus Smith's off-grid, wind- and solar-powered home.
Checking tower layout
The author double-checks the guy-anchor layout. Accurate positioning is critical for smooth raising and lowering of tilt-up towers.
Tower base
Tower base.
Gin pole anchor
Gin pole anchor.
Guy anchor
Guy anchor.
Electric winching
Carl Schwingel raises the 120-foot tower with an electric winch.
Tower going up
The tower, with the Bergey XL.1 on top, goes up slowly. Special attention is paid to keeping guy wires free from tangles or snags during the initial lifting.
Smith off-grid home
Checking tower layout
Tower base
Gin pole anchor
Guy anchor
Electric winching
Tower going up

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Gus Smith, Associate Professor of Biology and Natural Resources, Northland College, 1411 Ellis Ave., Ashland, WI 54806 • 715-682-1326 • dsmith@northland.eduwww.northland.edu

Sam Simonetta, Lean, Clean Energy Services • 906-892-8504 • L-CES@hotmail.com • Wind site assessment

Focus on Energy • 800-762-7077 • www.focusonenergy.com

System Components:

Bergey Windpower Co. • 405-364-4212 • www.bergey.com • Wind turbine & controller

Bogart Engineering • 831-338-0616 • www.bogartengineering.com • Battery monitor

Lake Michigan Wind & Sun • 920-743-0456 • www.windandsun.com • Tower

MK Battery • 800-372-9253 • www.mkbattery.com • Batteries

Xantrex • 408-987-6030 • www.xantrex.com • Inverter

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