Collaboration between the City of Milwaukee's Office of Environmental Sustainability and the Port of Milwaukee to install a Northern Power 100-kilowatt wind turbine with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, We Energies and Focus on Energy reports success.
The City of Milwaukee's Office of Environmental Sustainability and the Port of Milwaukee partnered to install a Northern Power 100-kilowatt (kW) wind turbine at the Port administration building near the shore of Lake Michigan. Commissioned in February 2012, the wind turbine provides more than 100% of the electricity needs of the administration building with its excess energy sold to We Energies.
In its first 9 months of operation, the project resulted in more than $5,000 in net revenue for the port after all electric expenses were paid. The estimated annual savings to the city are $14,000 to $20,000 (at 2011 rates, revenue included). Estimated annual production is 109,000 to 152,000 kilowatt-hours.
The turbine was manufactured in the United States, and many parts, including the tower, were made in Wisconsin. The $587,000 project received the bulk of its funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ($400,000) and $100,000 each from We Energies and the statewide Focus on Energy program.[READ MORE]