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With Wind Power,They’ve Mastered the Ropes

Eric Stanfield (pictured left) and Chris Bley, co-owners of Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Rope Partner, don't have time to rock climb much these days because they're now using their climbing skills to clean, repair and maintain wind turbines at wind farming facilities. Chris Bley and an associate had one of those “ah ha” moments back in 2000 when they parlayed their passion for their hobby, rock climbing, into a lucrative career: Wind turbine maintenance. Bley and Eric Stanfield, who are co-owners of Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Rope Partner, don’t have time to rock climb much these days because they’re now using their climbing skills to clean, repair and maintain wind turbines at wind farming facilities. Scaling towering turbines, technicians can be suspended for 12 hours at a time troubleshooting and fixing thin fiberglass blades, which can measure up to 120 feet long. Their 35 full-time technicians are mainly dye-in-the-wool rock climbers who…Log In to Read Full Article

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