Sustainable Energy

WIND

WIND TURBINE

Wind turbines convert the kinetic energy of wind into mechanical energy when the turbine blades are moved by the wind, which then turns the shaft of a generator to create electricity. The higher the wind speeds, the more power turbines can produce. Taller towers and blades capable of sweeping large circles help capture high wind speeds.

Beaver Ponds EEC uses a Bergey Excel 10 three-blade wind turbine, which has a rotor diameter of 23 feet and sits atop a 73-foot tall tower. With 25 mph winds, the Excel 10 will produce 8.9 kW, but it is capable of producing electricity in wind speeds as low as 5 mph. Due to the lack of sustainable winds and its physical location, the Beaver Ponds EEC wind turbine seldom experiences optimal conditions for sustained energy generation, but it is still valuable as a educational tool about the mechanics of wind turbines and wind power.

There are about 155,000 small wind generators installed in U.S. Wind generates about 2,332 megawatts installed wind capacity in Colorado, including commercial wind farms.

Events & Programs

There's always something fun to do at Beaver Ponds.
Here are some upcoming programs and events.

Plant Walks - The 30th of each month
September 30, 10am - 12pm
Contact Eric Chatt for more information at (719) 838-0143

Plant Walks - The 30th of each month
October 30, 10am - 12pm
Contact Eric Chatt for more information at (719) 838-0143

Latest Articles

Harvest Notes 2018

At 10,500 feet we are grateful for any harvest we may produce.  This year we had the largest harvest in our history and expanded the raised beds while continuing soil development.  As a non-profit organization we are sincerely thankful for the help we receive from the...

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Healing Plants – Strawberries

One of the most delectable native plant foods has to be the strawberry (Fragaria spp).  A member of the rose family (Rosaceae), strawberry covers the understory of the forest with its creeping rhizomes shooting out laterally in search of more habitat.  Like roses they...

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Fire and Water Quality

Forest fires, as we saw recently, in South Park with the Weston Pass fire can be traumatic for people, livestock, wildlife, soil health, and water quality.  People discussed charred pine needles dropping out of the sky like rain.   Fire can be life threatening,...

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The Importance of Environmental Education

Our future leaders need to be equipped for tomorrow’s challenges and it is our role as educators, parents, and the community to properly prepare them to inherit this earth. This requires a commitment on all our parts when it comes to providing Environmental Education...

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Contact Us

PO Box 995
2234 Busch Run Road
Fairplay, CO 80440
info@beaverponds.org
719.838.0143

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Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center (BPEEC) helps people of all ages experientially learn about domestic livestock, horticulture, green energy generation and environmental conservation in a high-alpine, natural setting at Sacramento Creek Ranch near Fairplay, Colorado.

 

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