Lakeshore Technical College receives funding for wind turbines

Lakeshore Technical College has received $158,444 from Focus on Energy to help fund three wind energy turbines installed on the campus in the last year.

"These wind turbines provide a state-of-the-art learning lab for our students, which allows LTC to train highly skilled workers for the growing wind energy industry," said LTC President Michael Lanser.

The wind turbines, three of four the college has installed since 2005, serve as research and training tools for students in LTC’s Wind Energy Technology program.

The four wind turbines generate up to 170,000 kilowatts of energy each year, saving about $10,500 in energy costs annually. That’s enough energy to power 17 average Wisconsin homes, according to Focus on Energy, a consortium of Wisconsin public utilities and other state energy organizations that promotes renewable energy projects.

Bill Plamann, Focus on Energy adviser, presented the award June 14 to LTC’s board of directors at the board’s monthly meeting. WE Energies also provided funding for the wind turbines.