University of Maine at Presque Isle Wind Project
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The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Wind Project

UMPI WindWe are the first university in the state to install a mid-size wind turbine on campus. This $2 million project, the installation of a 600 kW wind turbine, has produced 680,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity in its first year, creating more than $100,000 in annual energy savings and keeping an estimated 572 tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. We see our project as an incredible educational opportunity, allowing us to share our experiences with you as we work our way from planning to installation to commissioning. So, read on! You'll find all kinds of helpful information, whether you're thinking of installing a wind project of your own or whether you just want to know what it takes to install a mid-size wind turbine.

 

  • Status Update: June 18, 2015

    Turbine Cam

    The turbine is offline due to mechanical issues. We expect parts to arrive in 2-3 weeks and will update this status once repairs are complete.

  • Why Wind?

    The University began exploring alternative energy options in 2004 when the Gentile Hall building project was underway. After talking with the US Department of Energy about wind power, the University was directed to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's Renewable Energy Research Laboratory. RERL installed wind monitoring equipment, and the data indicated that a wind turbine would be a fiscally feasible venture for the University. 

  • Major Goals

    The University has two main objectives with this project: to reduce its energy bill, and to serve its educational and community roles as a public university. Officials have promised to share all aspects of the campus's experience with students, campus, and people in Maine and beyond interested in exploring wind power options of their own.

  • Quick Facts

    Height of turbine tower: 65 meters
    Manufactured: United States

    Length of blades: 47 meters
    Manufactured: Chennai, India

    Total height: 90 meters
    Power output: 600 kW

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    • 5 Aug 2015

      Scattered Thunderstorms 69°F 52°F

    • 6 Aug 2015

      PM Showers 66°F 48°F