We 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: October 25, 2012
Repairs are complete and the wind turbine is once again spinning. In addition, the data gathering system for the turbine has been restored and live wind data is currently being displayed. View the latest generation figures here.
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.
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.
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
Wind: 16 mph
24 May 2013
25 May 2013