Day 9 - Burgos to Salamanca
Trip Start Mar 03, 2013
26Trip End Mar 25, 2013
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But we finally saw some live pigs!!!! For those of you who didn't follow us on our last trip to Spain 11 years ago, everywhere we went we saw hams hanging in the stores, ham on all the menus, but we never ever saw a pig anywhere. I asked my Research Department to look into it (my brothers clown 1 and clown 2) and they came up with many interesting theories. Well today we figured it out. Our bus passed a big truck filled with live pigs! So pigs live on trucks. They just drive from one place to another, probably staying in pig RV parks
We have also seen hundreds and hundreds of wind turbines on the hills all over Spain. So I asked my Research Department about this - how much do they cost to build, how much electricity to they generate, how long until you break even on your investment. Same with the vast solar panel farms we saw. Here is what my research department reported on that:
There are a lot of turbines because the government offers subsidies to build them. You may have noticed that wind turbines are built in windy places. That's no coincidence -- they are, after all, called WIND turbines for a reason. Water turbines are usually in wet places (how many of those have you see?), head turbines on heads, oh, sorry, that's turbans, not the same thing, although usually round. Likewise, solar panel arrays are put up in sunny places because that's where the energy is. For best results, the turbines and solar panels should be pointed toward the energy source. They make a lot more power that way.
When it's windy, a typical wind turbine can generate enough power to serve 1000 US households -- or twice that number in other countries (not because the turbines are larger or it's windier, but because the houses use less power)
They'll never earn back their investment because the power companies still have to be ready to provide the total power demand when there's no wind or sun. Through smoke and mirrors, the gov't makes it look good, and before you know it the research department has 26 solar panels on its roof.