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Personal wind turbine presents challenges for Blackwell

On good years, the turbine helps Blackwell CISD save between $15,000 to $20,000 on its energy bills, but that's not always the case. "It is an expense to take care of it as well," said Gott.

It's known as a campus novelty, but the wind turbine serves a major purpose in Blackwell CISD.

"It furnishes about 40% of our electricity," said Abe Gott, superintendent of Blackwell CISD.

On good years, the turbine helps Blackwell CISD save between $15,000 to $20,000 on its energy bills, but that's not always the case.

"It is an expense to take care of it as well," said Gott.

Most wind energy companies in Nolan County only service commercial wind turbines, and the campus turbine is a personal one.

"The company we bought it from went bankrupt," said Gott, "they sold more than they could manage."

Gott says when problems arise, he has to call a service company in Colorado, a major hassle, but as more people invest in personal wind turbines, he hopes more service companies will expand in Nolan County.

"I'm hoping that as that develops, we'll have some help," he said.

Until then, Gott says as he looks forward the turbine is a real asset to Blackwell CISD.

"We just built this new facility and we're trying to be as green as we can be," Gott explained.

There's a few things Gott says he would do differently, but with the right company, he says the investment could be worthwhile.

It's known as a campus novelty, but the wind turbine serves a major purpose in Blackwell CISD.

"It furnishes about 40% of our electricity," said Abe Gott, superintendent of Blackwell CISD.

On good years, the turbine helps Blackwell CISD save between $15,000 to $20,000 on its energy bills, but that's not always the case.

"It is an expense to take care of it as well," said Gott.

Most wind energy companies in Nolan County only service commercial wind turbines, and the campus turbine is a personal one.

"The company we bought it from went bankrupt," said Gott, "they sold more than they could manage."

Gott says when problems arise, he has to call a service company in Colorado, a major hassle, but as more people invest in personal wind turbines, he hopes more service companies will expand in Nolan County.

"I'm hoping that as that develops, we'll have some help," he said.

Until then, Gott says as he looks forward the turbine is a real asset to Blackwell CISD.

"We just built this new facility and we're trying to be as green as we can be," Gott explained.

There's a few things Gott says he would do differently, but with the right company, he says the investment could be worthwhile.


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NOV 29 2010
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