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New Spin on Power

POSTED: Monday, January 11, 2010 - 10:49am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:00pm

The Adobe company in California isn't letting a downtown office location get in the way of green energy innovation. A creative solution to generating wind power shows the possibilities of going green, no matter the location.

20 brand new wind turbines, or windspire vertical axis wind turbines, as the manufacturer calls them. The installation is just about done, and the turbines go on-line later this month. Delivering green energy to what is perhaps already one of the greenest office complexes in the world.

Randy Knox is adobe's senior director for global workplace solutions. Adobe, he says, is always looking for ways to stay cutting edge with energy technology.

Solar didn't quite work with their downtown space. But a windy sixth floor courtyard was an opportunity for wind power. The windspire was a better fit. Both for aesthetics and for safety. "One of the concerns here was birds. Because we do have the peregrine falcons in the area, and these are supposed to be very bird friendly," says Knox.

The 20 windspires will put out enough electricity to power ten average-sized homes. But that's barely a drop in the bucket for one giant-sized software company. With that in mind, the folks at Adobe admit the wind turbines are more symbolic than practical. They are taking the symbolism even a step forward, saying the power generated will be used to run the semaphore on the roof of the building and power electric cars in the basement.