“Elliott was one of the truly creative small wind turbine pioneers, constantly coming up with new ideas and product designs, often challenging conventional thinking,” said long-time industry advocate Larry Flowers, now AWEA’s deputy director for distributed and community wind farm. “Never one to ride a particular design into the promised land of prosperity, such as it is in the small wind industry, but always engineering an improved model through innovation. We all have benefitted from Elliott’s genius and perseverance.”
The Duluth News Tribune ran an obituary for Bayly.
To anyone who knew him, Bayly was a true innovator, even to the level of being a tinkerer. As one legendary story has it, he took an old 1930s turbine, finding it sitting out of use next to a farmhouse, and literally made history with it. Refabricating the machine, he built what has been called the nation’s first wind-powered radio station, located on Stagecoach Mountain near Oak Creek, Colo. The cost of the machine: $2,000.
“Elliot was a true pioneer of modern wind technology,” said Dan Juhl, chairman and CEO of Juhl Wind. “His genius, spirit and wit will be dearly missed.”
Just one small—and more recent—illustration of Bayly’s pioneering and adventuresome ways: it was only last year that he fulfilled one of his long-time dreams, taking a motor trip with a friend along old Route 66 in a vintage 1940s Packard.
By Carl Levesque, AWEA Editor & Publications Manager, www.awea.org/blog/