BMW Dealership Installs BC’s First Commercial-Scale Wind Turbine
The Auto West Group’s egg beater-shaped, vertical-axis turbine is quieter than most vacuum cleaners, the Globe and Mail reports.
Project development manager Pete Sargent told the paper that the business wanted to install a turbine because wind power is one of the few renewable energy sources that it hasnâ€™t tried yet. The dealership already has solar panels and geothermal heating and cooling, as well as rooftop gardens.
â€œThe question that was asked [by company founder Joachim Neumann] was how do you do something thatâ€™s different, and thatâ€™s good for the environment,” Sargent said.
But he said that unlike the geo-thermal power and solar panels, which will have a 12-year and nine-year payback, respectively, he doesnâ€™t know what the payback period will be on the wind turbine. And he said he received no tax breaks or other government-backed incentives towards installation of the turbine.
Sargent said that the return on investment will become more clear in six months to a year, after the company has collected the first power generation data from the device.
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