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A Wind/Wind Situation for El Centro

May 07, 2014 01:33AM

The rooftop of El Centro College is sporting the only wind farm in Dallas County, with whirling blades that generate energy to run computers and save money. Students, faculty and administrators participating in Earth Day activities on April 21, watched the startup of 40 wind turbines as the blades turned gently in the breeze that circulates amid Dallas downtown high-rise buildings.

The college purchased 80 wind turbines, all made in the United States, for $240,000, which also includes a metal grid to support the equipment. David Browning, vice president for business affairs at El Centro, says, “These turbines have a life expectancy of 25 to 30 years, and they will generate enough power to run approximately 2,000 computers that we have in our labs on the main campus. We should recover the cost of the turbines in about 15 to 20 years.”

The wind turbine farm also helps create partnerships with companies that want to work with El Centro College to provide training and program possibilities for students.Browning adds, “We want to be environmentally conscientious and also show our students that they can find career opportunities in wind energy.”

For more information, contact Browning at 214-860-2014.

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