Amazing Jobs: Wind Turbine Cleaner

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It may not offer the toehold-challenge of traditional rock climbing, but then, traditional rock climbing doesn't usually come with a paycheck. These climbers have been employed to scale huge wind turbines for maintenance, which is green in so many ways.

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Instead of using huge, expensive and environmentally-unsound cranes to get repairs done, owners of wind turbines have started hiring rock climbers to do what they do best—get way high up. It's cost-effective, environmentally-friendly on a couple levels, and most importantly (for our purposes), looks really freaking cool. [Treehugger]

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Wouldn't this really have more to do with the fact that many of these are very tall and there aren't that many mobile cranes that can get that high? In addition, positioning a crane boom that close to a composite blade risks impact damage. I'm guessing the green angle is a nice bonus, but not the first concern.