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Cascade turbines running; Village first in state to power plant by wind

This week, a pair of 100-kilowatt wind turbines went into service atop a small hill on Bates Road, north of county Highway F, where the wastewater treatment plant is located. ...The annual savings means the village will recoup the cost to install the turbine in about a dozen years, Harrison said.

CASCADE - The Village of Cascade has become the first Wisconsin community to have its municipal wastewater treatment plant powered entirely by the wind.

This week, a pair of 100-kilowatt wind turbines went into service atop a small hill on Bates Road, north of county Highway F, where the wastewater treatment plant is located. The hill is one of the highest points in Cascade.

"It's a source of pride for the community, and it's something we want to show off," said Joe Harrison, a village trustee. "Hopefully, if it's as successful as some have predicted, it will be something other communities can follow, if opportunities present themselves."

The village received $400,000 in funding for the project through grants from Focus on Energy and We Energies. The village will finance the remaining cost, estimated at $450,000 to $500,000.

The two, 156-foot wind turbines are expected to save the village - which has an annual budget of about $330,000 - more than $30,000 per year in energy costs. Additional revenue will come from the sale of excess power to We Energies.

The annual savings means the village will recoup the cost to install the turbine in about a dozen years,... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

CASCADE - The Village of Cascade has become the first Wisconsin community to have its municipal wastewater treatment plant powered entirely by the wind.

This week, a pair of 100-kilowatt wind turbines went into service atop a small hill on Bates Road, north of county Highway F, where the wastewater treatment plant is located. The hill is one of the highest points in Cascade.

"It's a source of pride for the community, and it's something we want to show off," said Joe Harrison, a village trustee. "Hopefully, if it's as successful as some have predicted, it will be something other communities can follow, if opportunities present themselves."

The village received $400,000 in funding for the project through grants from Focus on Energy and We Energies. The village will finance the remaining cost, estimated at $450,000 to $500,000.

The two, 156-foot wind turbines are expected to save the village - which has an annual budget of about $330,000 - more than $30,000 per year in energy costs. Additional revenue will come from the sale of excess power to We Energies.

The annual savings means the village will recoup the cost to install the turbine in about a dozen years, Harrison said.

Officials with Madison-based RENEW Wisconsin forecast that the village will save more than $1 million over the 30-year life of the turbines.

"With these two turbines, the Village of Cascade has taken a giant step toward energy independence," Michael Vickerman, executive director of RENEW, a nonprofit that promotes clean energy, said in a news release. "Its prudent investment in wind energy will enable the community to control its energy budget, saving money for current and future residents."

The wind towers are about 120-feet tall. Combined with the turbines' blades, each reaches 156 feet, which is shorter than a cell phone tower already standing on the site.

The wind turbines were installed in conjunction with a planned $1.25 million upgrade to the 35-year-old wastewater facility. The plant serves the village's nearly 700 residents, along with portions of the Town of Lyndon.

Most of the electricity produced by the turbines will go toward powering an aeration system that runs nonstop as part of the plant's treatment lagoon.

The turbines will also be used as teaching tools in math and science classes at area schools and colleges. A web site will also be established that will show how much energy the system is producing at any given time.


Source: http://www.sheboyganpress.c...

JUN 12 2010
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