Friday May 29, 2015
Whenever possible at Hawaiian Organic Noni, we let nature do the work. Nature knows best how to create amazing, healthful noni fruit. We let nature show us how to break down food and other scraps into compost. And we rely on nature for the farm’s power as well.
We capture the energy of the wind to power the dehydrators we use to make noni fruit leather. It’s one of the many ways here on the farm that we try to minimize our carbon footprint.
Here’s what’s so awesome about wind power:
Clean Energy Source
Windmills harness the power of the wind to convert turbine rotation into electricity.The rotating blades to convert the energy of the wind into mechanical energy in the form of a spinning turbine. The turbine is connected to a generator, which using the turning motion to create electricity, which is then stored in batteries. However, our windmills have AC generating turbines attached to the blades which makes AC power that we use immediately to power the farm and Noni processing facility.
We love wind power because it doesn’t emit CO2 or other greenhouse gases when the electricity is made. The process doesn’t create waste or any other dangerous byproducts. It allows us to create our own energy on the farm, without putting the local wildlife or the land itself at risk.
Uses a Local Renewable Resource
Another big benefit of using wind power on our farm is, there’s wind all around us. We’re a coastal farm, and we benefit from fairly consistent wind patterns. The winds that blow across our farm are called trade winds, because sailors used to use them to get from place to place to trade their goods.
Most of the time on Kauai, the trade winds blow from the northeast. That makes the northeastern side of the island the “windward side.” That’s exactly where our farm is located, so we frequently have winds blowing onto the shore.
This means the energy generated where it’s needed, no need to transmit it. It’s totally local, and it’s also totally renewable. The fact that we capture some of the winds energy doesn’t impact the wind at all—it just sails right by us and continues on its way.
Using wind energy lets us save a lot of money on the farm. It can be very expensive to even get power out to a remote farm like ours. And running a business that uses electricity every day can add up quick.
After the initial cost of setting up the system, it makes use of an abundant, free resource, turning it into a form that we can use. Our system has more than paid for itself over the years.
But it’s more than just the economic cost to us that makes wind power worthwhile. As humans, we aren’t great at calculating the hidden costs of our actions on the environment. We try to keep those costs low on our farm. Wind energy is low cost to the land, just as it’s low cost to us.