Where Wind Turbines And Motocross Combine

Two months after announcing its intention to integrate wind power generation into a motocross park in Texas, Here Enterprises said it had broken ground on the project.

As in its earlier new release, the company’s latest announcement didn’t give any indication of the scope of the installation, but based on the construction timetable, it does not appear to be large. Chief Executive Officer Mark Ryan said he expected the project to be completed within about two weeks of the groundbreaking announcement. Large-scale wind power projects typically take several months to build – even up to a year, as with the Dempsey Ridge Wind Farm in Oklahoma, which we wrote about earlier on.

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image via Cycle Ranch

Here acquired Cycle Ranch, a 108-acre motocross park with a 1.7-mile track located 30 miles southeast of San Antonio, in September 2010.

On its website, Here says it will use the technology of A&C Green Energy, a Dallas-based company that manufactures the variable-pitch Talon wind turbine for smaller scale wind-power generation. In another press release related to the Cycle Ranch project, the company said it had selected Collier Services of Bertram, Tex., to “install concrete foundations, reinforcements, electrical connections, poles, turbines and blades” at the track.

Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.