Across the nation, a handful of small U.S. wineries-ranging from Alaska to Texas, Oregon, Michigan and New York's Finger Lakes-are harnessing the wind with turbines, and more are planning to follow suit. New technology is making small-scale wind generation more affordable and efficient, as well as quieter and less obtrusive, while federal, state and local subsidies are helping farmers offset the initial costs. Vineyards are a very promising venue, says Russ Jonas, owner of Jonas Energy Solutions, which installed Anaba's turbine: "They are a great source because they have a low crop and cover wide areas with no obstacles."
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