Why Wind Energy Matters
At GoMacro, we believe in a greener future. In the US, only 11% of energy comes from clean, renewable sources, while the remainder derives from nonrenewable sources such as coal, oil, and nuclear power. For the betterment of our planet, it’s crucial that we move toward utilizing cleaner energy sources. Wind power offers a sustainable energy option; it’s clean, safe, and doesn’t pollute the air, soil, or water. It makes perfect sense to use the energy nature gives us for our food production.
How Wind Energy Works
When the heat of the earth's surface is uneven, air mass is put into motion. As warm air rises, cooler air moves in to take its place, creating wind. Most wind energy is generated from turbines as tall as a 20-story building with three 200-foot-long blades. Wind direction determines the design of the turbine - upwind turbines face the wind while downwind turbines face away. The energy in the wind turns the three blades around a rotor connected to the main shaft, which spins a generator to convert kinetic energy into electricity.
What We’re Doing
GoMacro has invested in significant infrastructure to bring renewable wind energy to our facility and to the Village of Viola, Wisconsin. We worked closely with several partners in the Midwest, including the Rugby Wind Power Project in partnership with the Upper Midwest Municipal Energy Group (UMMEG), to bring wind energy from North Dakota to Viola. Establishing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and a green tariff allowed our wind energy goal to become reality. GoMacro now subsidizes all electricity used in the Village of Viola, so that every Viola business and resident is 100% powered by renewable energy without impact on their energy bill.
At our facility, we balance our energy resources by using solar power during the day and utilizing wind at night. By combining wind energy with our solar capabilities, our entire production is totally powered by 100% renewable energy!
As we expand production, we will continue to utilize wind energy technology to help power our facility in Viola, Wisconsin.