Chicagoland Church Has Faith In Wind Energy

Valley Baptist Church, just outside of Chicago in Oswego, IL, unveils the first Urban Green Energy vertical axis wind turbine in Illinois. The vertical axis wind turbine was made possible by donations from the church congregation and will significantly decrease the church’s power bill going forward.

Urban Green Energy, the world leader in small vertical axis wind turbines, announces the installation of the first 4kW vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) in Illinois at Valley Baptist Church in Oswego. A different kind of wind turbine, a VAWT’s design generates power regardless of the direction of the wind, making it ideal for a suburban area with variable wind patterns.

A gift from the congregation to the church, the UGE wind turbine, which is mounted on a 23-foot tower next to the sanctuary, will help to drastically reduce the church’s energy bills and eventually allow the church to sell energy back to the power company through the grid. On a more spiritual note, the VAWT is another step in the church’s mission to reduce its carbon footprint and continue forward in the “Green Movement” throughout the Chicagoland area.

“Urban Green Energy is all about making alternative energy accessible for everyone,” said Nick Blitterswyk, CEO of Urban Green Energy. “I cannot think of a more perfect place to spread the gospel of alternative energy than at Valley Baptist Church.”

While Urban Green Energy vertical axis wind turbines are eligible for a 30% federal incentive as well as individual state rebates and tax credits for business and residential use, the church, as a non-profit, does not qualify for such incentives. “The fact that the 4kW was a gift from the congregation shows that alternative energy is an issue close to the hearts of many people,” continued Blitterswyk.

UGE is a company that takes its sense of responsibility as a good corporate citizen very seriously. For example, the company has donated it’s a vertical wind turbine to provide power to the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls, the orphan care initiative that is sponsored by Madonna. Similarly, the company is contributing a vertical wind turbine to a girls’ school in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya.

Urban Green Energy has more credentials and certifications than any other company in the vertical axis turbine industry. In fact, Urban Green Energy is one of the first manufacturers in the world to receive certification for its turbines’ power, safety, and noise level.

UGE has designed and manufactured 600W, 1kW and 4kW vertical axis wind turbines, as well as wind/solar hybrid street lamps, and has customers in 31 countries around the world. UGE products have been installed across the continental U.S., as well as Hawaii, Alaska and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The company has 150 distributors around the world, a staff of 100 employees and is poised to become the pre-eminent leader in the small wind energy arena.

Urban Green Energy is a world leader in small wind energy. The company is focused on providing its customers with high quality, high performance and attractive vertical axis wind turbines and hybrid street lights. These products use state-of-the-art technology to meet the standards of safety, reliability, and attractive appearance.

Urban Green Energy partners with best in class companies, providing innovative solutions to today’s energy needs. The company is headquartered in New York City and has offices in London and Beijing, and has more than 150 distributors, spread out over all continents. Urban Green Energy owns its own dedicated factory which includes full testing and development capabilities allowing quick and cost-effective collaboration on new and existing technologies. With 25 acres of land and already 35,000 square feet of factory space, the company is poised to become one of the largest manufacturers of small wind turbines worldwide.