Western Ranchers Turning to Wind for Electricity Generation

Pay-back time of small-scale wind generation system as little as 8-10 years.

Published: 10-Feb-2004

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EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - Mike Sachs lacks the rusted tin pans of a mineral prospector in the Old West.

But the third generation cattleman in north-central Washington is a prospector in his own right - one of a growing number of ranchers hoping to strike gold with the hottest new resource in the Northwest: wind.

``You're trying to find ways to diversify,'' Sachs said. ``Monetarily, you're usually asset rich and cash poor. But we all benefit if we can generate electricity and keep rates down.''

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