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Jay Leno’s on board with bird-friendly, neighborhood-friendly wind turbines

PacwindGot wind? I love the idea of harnessing that clean power. But when I found out that many wind farms are set in the paths of migratory birds and that the turbines kill scores of birds annually, well, my support of the technology dried up.

Plus, those giant windmills are pretty much a nonstarter for individual residences. Imagine a loud whoop-whoop-whoop coming from your neighbor’s roof. Not.

So I was happy to see vertically oriented wind turbines, sold by PacWind in Torrance, that are not only said to be friendly to birds, but also are appropriate for use in urban areas. Ed Begley Jr., star of Living With Ed, is a spokesman for the company and points out that PacWind turbines are silent and compatible with solar power and grid-tied systems.

And now Jay Leno, whose green garage is featured in Popular Mechanics, installed a PacWind turbine to help with his garage’s massive energy needs.

The smallest unit offered by PacWind is the Seahawk, pictured. It is 30 inches wide and 48 inches tall, costs about $3,000 and can be used for homes, boats, buildings, lighting, emergency power and remote power, such as an automatic gate at the end of a long driveway.

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What do you think? Would you invest in a wind turbine for your home?

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