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Powering the Dream by Alexis Madrigal

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chapter 18
Transcendentalism
IN THE SPRING OF 1975 Jim DeKorne welcomed the photographer Jon Naar onto his family’s one-acre homestead in El Rito, New Mexico. They toured the grounds, passing the “survival greenhouse” and its aquaculture pond, the house heated largely by the sun, and into a small outbuilding that housed the batteries for a Jacob Wind Turbine of a design more than fifty years old.1
The building was small and built entirely from wood. Skinny logs formed the outside of the building, simple boards the inside. A half-sized door allowed entry into the control room. On a shelf, a bank of large “Heavy Duty” batteries ran up to the wind machine’s electricity generator. The only adornment was a New Yorker cartoon tacked on the wall. ...

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