Wind Power in the Castro

June 26, 2012 San Francisco

“I didn’t even think this could happen,” said Chris Beaudoin, as he stood between two wind turbines on the roof of his garage.

Beudoin said he called up the City’s Department of Environment, which passed along the names of urban wind companies operating in San Francisco. Chris ultimately settled with Blue Green Pacific, run by local engineer and designer Todd Pelman. Beudoin said he decided to work with Blue Green Pacific since “it was the most open, and they are SF based.”

Blue Green Pacific installed two of its second-generation vertical-axis wind turbines on Beudoin’s roof. Beudoin calls them kinetic sculptures. Since installation, Beudoin says, “the neighborhood is going nuts. Everyone wants to know if I’m connected to the grid and how it produces power.”

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