Micro-Wind Farm Goes up at Quinnipiac
Twenty-five vertical wind turbines are now being installed at Quinnipiac University's York Hill Campus in Hamden, Connecticut – the first university micro-wind farm in the country.
The Windspire turbines Quinnipiac has chosen -- American made in Manistee, Michigan -- are propeller-free, vertical designs on poles from 35 to 45 feet tall, that maximize wind power regardless of changing wind speed and direction. These turbines, manufactured by Mariah Power, are low-cost and low-noise and are meant for use in urban, suburban and rural locations – Mariah Power is launching an iPhone app that will let you measure wind speed with your iPhone and tell you what you can power with a Windspire or how much CO2 you can save from the environment in any location. (You can add your name to the notification list to learn when the free app becomes available in the iTunes store: click here.)
The new wind farm is a facet of Quinnipiac University's $4 million commitment to "building one of the most environmentally friendly campuses in America," according to President John L. Lahey. The university says its 250-acre York Hill Campus will feature the wind garden, which will power 50 percent of the exterior lights, and 1,232 photovoltaic solar panels on the roof of the 475,000-square-foot Crescent residence hall that will generate about 250,000 kilowatt hours per year. Other facets of the broad sustainability initiative at the school’s new campus includes alternative transportation, rainwater harvesting, and low-flow plumbing.
-- Suzanne Bopp