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Monday, March 8, 2010

Watch as turbine installed in only a minute!


From an article by Peter J. Devlin in the Door County Advocate:
The owner of a town of Egg Harbor business hopes to generate the majority of its electricity needs from the wind.

Saundra Phlubna owns and operates the Feathered Star Bed and Breakfast on Wisconsin 42, north of Carlsville, where a 110-foot-tall tower and wind turbine were erected last week.

"I'm hoping to get as close as possible to meeting all my electrical needs with the wind generator," she said.

The turbine is not yet connected to her business. It needs to have adjustments made while the turbine is turning in moderate wind, Phlubna said. There hasn't been enough wind this week for the contractor to complete the project. Last week was too windy for the final adjusting, she said.

The turbine has been in the works for two years. A permit for the device was issued in December 2008 by Egg Harbor Town Chairman Paul Peterson. Other permits, including a Door County Wind Energy sighting permit, were approved before construction of the tower began last month.

A portion of the cost of the new structure and the generator came from grants, Phlubna said. The first two grants she sought were turned down. In reapplying, Wisconsin's Focus On Energy program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development grant program provided some of the funds needed.

Seventh Generation Energy Services, Madison, installed the 35 kilowatt V-15 turbine.

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