Rocky Bourget installs innovative wind turbine
After purchasing a home on SW 110th St., Rocky Bourget decided he wanted to install a wind turbine and following months of work and preparation, the turbine was switched on last week.
Wind turbines produce clean, emissions-free power and with the simple and increasingly popular technology, individuals can generate their own power and cut their energy bills while helping to protect the environment.
“We broke ground in February. The blade and electronics came from Canada, the tower was shipped from China to California and then went by train to Kansas City, where it sat for two weeks waiting on customs inspection. It arrived here on a semi,” Bourget advised.
The young contractor obviously did his homework. After researching the different types of turbines and speaking to other turbine owners, he decided to purchase the EO25 wind turbine from Eocycle, located in Montreal Canada.
The innovative EO25s are direct drive and equipped with a patented permanent magnet generator, fixed-pitch blades and a flexible coupling to eliminate problems related to gearboxes and blade-pitching systems. Eocycle holds patents in North America, Europe and China.
“There a fewer parts. It’s a simplified design that has fewer moving parts,” Bourget continued, “There is an hydraulic base so no crane was need to place the tower.
The E025’s power is rated at 25 kilowatts, more than the smaller 10 kilowatt turbines used by a lot of individuals.
Bourget had help on the project. Bourget’s father, Bruce and his brother Kyle, both assisted, as well as Bourget’s own contracting crew members. Also here for the installation project were Paul Dawson, Eocycle vice president of marketing and sales, and Bouaziz Ait Driss, Eocycle chief innovation officer.
Dawson addressed the group of friends gathered for the official ribbon cutting last Friday.
“This is the place for a wind turbine. Rocky saw an opportunity to take control of his energy. He is a pioneer in this area. We want to honor all who worked on this project.”
Bourget added, “Thanks to everyone - especially you, Dad. My family and crew spent lots and lots of hours helping with this.”
An added feature to the project is the concrete bunker built into the hill on which stands the turbine. The bunker houses the electronics and controls for the turbine, along with providing storage space.
“It’s about going green and it’s feasible that it will eventually pay for itself,” Bourget said. He explained that a grid is shared with Westar and a production meter will indicate the energy produced by the turbine and it will offset the energy provided by Westar during the billing period. In other words, if the excess electricity generated by his turbine exceeds the electricity supplied by Westar during the billing period, he will be credited for the excess kilowatt-hours.
The lone wind turbine, quietly capturing the wind and transforming it into renewable energy, is part of the fastest source of electricity in the world. Bourget and others are hoping that some day other homeowners will be capturing energy from their own backyards and reducing their reliance on fossil fuels.
For more information on Eocycle go to: eocycle.com