Adams Electric Cooperative’s website states the new turbine, which stands 279 ft. to the hub and 403 ft. to the blade tip, will generate enough power for 300-400 homes each year. According to a recent story on WGEM’s website, the cooperative’s newest wind turbine, located east of Mt. Sterling ( IL ), has been in operation since the beginning of September.
"We were excited to provide our students with an opportunity that would allow them to have a hands-on educational experience," said IIRA Wind Energy Program Coordinator Jolene Willis. "Environmentally, wind is a great renewable and non-polluting energy resource. Wind turbines help to reduce the amount of electricity generated by other fuels, as well as maintain the cost of producing power."
The IIRA is designed to improve the quality of life in rural areas by developing public-private partnerships with local agencies on small business development and community development projects in rural areas.