Editorial: Very interesting
Gloucester County last year changed its zoning rules to allow for the “planting” of solar farms. At the time a lawyer appeared before the planning commission to indicate his unnamed client’s interest in building a solar energy generating facility in the county.
According to a recent update in our paper, the lawyer said that plan did not work out, and no other entity has thus far pursued a solar farm, according to county leaders.
In the future … who can tell? The groundwork is laid.
An intriguing development on renewable power has emerged across the ocean. Vortex, a startup company in Spain, has constructed bladeless wind turbines.
The knock on turbines has been a fear that their revolving blades will kill countless birds.
Each bladeless turbine resembles a giant oar standing on end with the flat paddle end at the top. The wind vibrates this broadened paddle, creating energy. See more at upworthy.com.
Field after field of these bladeless turbines would resemble an endless outdoor art installation project and would sculpt a clean, renewable source of energy. Are they efficient? Will they work? We would like to hear more about them.
Much closer to home, Middle Peninsula residents are coming together to be part of a solar cooperative that organizers hope will make going with the renewable energy source easier and less costly. The Hampton Roads Solar Tour Group and Virginia Solar United Neighborhoods, or VA SUN—the co-op sponsors—are holding an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Rappahannock Community College, Glenns.
Instead of just sitting back and waiting for utility companies or big business to get on the renewable power bandwagon, these folks are leading the way.