Utility-Scale Wind Turbine
MacCARES is currently developing a proposal for Macalester to invest in
a Utility-Scale Wind Turbine in the range of 2MW. Macalester would be
joining schools like Carleton, St. Olaf, Grinnell, and UM-Morris in
developing cost-effective, sustainable, wind energy projects.
See the difference in scale between our current wind turbine and a
utility scale turbine in this graphic from Windustry: The Scale of
power: Some call for a larger windmill -
Mac Weekly Mar. 24, '06.
Energy Revolution Starts Here - Mac Weekly Mar. 24, '06.
Urban Wind Turbine
Macalester installed a 10kw Urban Wind Turbine on-campus April 23,
2003. It is one of the very few urban wind turbines in the United
States and despite its small size was an important project for studying
urban renewable energy applications. The turbine and tower were donated
by Xcel energy and the installation was the Class Gift of the
Macalester Class of '03. It is a work in progress, as we model the
limited data we have recieved and receive recommendations for improving
output. This Macalester project was reported on extensively.
See Location of Turbine on Campus: #48 on Campus Map
Case Studies of Urban Turbine:
Clean Energy Resource Teams - <File>
Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Program - <File>
turbine comes to St.Paul - MPR April 23, '04. <Audio
wind blowing and the money flowing - Mac Weekly Apr. 25, '03.
from Bob Dylan may be in order - Mac Weekly Oct. 18, '02.
Model: Bergey Windpower
Output: 10 kilowatt Peak Production
Blade Diameter: 22' (6.7m)
Total Height: 103'
Annual Output: ~ 12,000 kwh
% Campus Usage: ~ 0.3%