Ill. college, jail collaborate on wind turbine.
FREEPORT, III. (AP) -- Officials at one northern Illinois county jail hope to install a 120-foot wind turbine in an effort to cut electricity costs by 40 to 70 percent.
The (Freeport) Journal-Standard reports (http://bit.ly/1X8Iy8N) that Stephenson County Sheriff Dave Snyders and jail administrator Dean Schroeder have partnered with Highland Community College's Wind Turbine Technology department on the project. An instructor obtained a donated wind turbine after a two-year study found it's consistently windy at the jail.
About $30,000 is needed to erect the tower. The county and college hope to pay for that with grant money.
The sheriff says the jail also is installing more cost-efficient lights and looking at solar panels and motion-triggered lights.
The jail spends about $108,000 annually on electricity. Officials say the turbine could save $65,000 a year.
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|Publication:||Community College Week|
|Date:||Feb 15, 2016|
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