Central Community College wind turbine exceeding expectations

Published: Dec. 7, 2018 at 6:34 PM CST
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Wind energy is the fastest growing mode of electricity production in the world. Central Community College in Hastings has had a wind turbine for almost two years now on campus.

It is a 1.7 mega-watt wind turbine. In an agreement with blue stem Energy, who built the turbine and Hastings Utilities, the college has clean, carbon-free energy produced right on campus.

The three-way partnership is a 25-year agreement. The first five years the college purchases the energy back from Hastings Utilities. The next 20 years will be when the college will see savings. The wind turbine is even outperforming predictions.

William Hitesman, Central Community College President

"When we looked at it the estimate was about 60-80 percent, but it sometimes produces 140%, it is much more than we had expected."

When it is in the 12 O'clock position the turbine stands 432 feet high. Nebraska ranks 4th in the nation when it comes to wind energy ability.

CCC was just approved for an energy technology program, encompassing wind and solar power. Students are already expressing interest, the program that could begin as soon as fall of 2019.