The wind turbine pictured is owned by A. L. Huber,general Contractor. It weighs 6.5 tons and sits on a 83 foot tall metal pole near the company’s headquarters near I-435 and Roe on the Kansas side of Kansas City. According to a Kansas City Star article posted on Huber’s website the structure could be modern sculpture.
The A.L. Huber company is,according to the Star,“…no stranger to art having installed such Christo projects as Wrapped Walk Way in Kansas City’s Loose Park way back in the 1970′s. (Some readers might remember Christo also did the “gates” of Central Park in New York.)
AES Wind,out of San Francisco did the installation of the turbine at the Huber office. The AES Winjet 5 turbine with rotors that look like paddle wheels,are designed to produce power at slower wind speeds starting at 6 miles per hour.
Winds are typically fickle in urban areas and Kansas City is no exception. Traditional propeller style turbines work best in strong wind areas like in S.W. Kansas. Huber also plans to install solar panels to help power the company’s headquarters and is completing an energy center to show anyone who is interested how it all works. Huber’s website will soon provide information on how much renewable energy is being provided by the company’s wind turbine and solar cells.