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California ski resort plans to become large wind energy user

Kirkwood Mountain Resort is aiming to be the first ski area in the country to meet a significant portion of its electrical need with renewable energy generated on site.

The Alpine County resort has signed a letter of intent with Reno-based Synergy Power Corp. to install 20 wind turbines that would be hooked directly into Kirkwood's power system.

The spinning blades would provide 6,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity daily – enough to satisfy about 20 percent of demand during the peak winter season and virtually everything needed to keep the lights on in summer.

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