Butler County Times Gazette
  • Turbine passes 1 million kilowatt hours of production

  • After a rough start, the city's wind turbine is up and running, and producing electricity.
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  • After a rough start, the city's wind turbine is up and running, and producing electricity.
    In June, it passed the 1 million kilowatt hours produced mark, said Kurt Bookout, director of public utilities.
    "Since the cone bearing repair on May 3, from May 3 to today, with the exception of one week shutdown for a lightning strike, we produced 291,064 kilowatt hours," he said at Monday’s City Commission meeting.
    Part of what made this possible was some precision alignments done on the turbine to bring it back to what staff thought they should have received originally.
    "Most of the time it is consistently running now," Bookout said.
    He reviewed the total cost of the project was $2.3 million, with $1.3 of that being grants. To date, since it was erected the expenses have been about $354,000 and income is at $298,000. With the current rate of production, they will be gaining about $12,000 a month on working toward making it pay for itself.
     
    Julie Clements can be reached at jclements@butlercountytimesgazette.com.

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