LOCH SHELDRAKE, N.Y. – “It’s pretty disappointing for the entire college, everyone is pretty disappointed about this,” said Dr. Mamie Howard-Golladay, president of Sullivan County Community College.
An opportunity for energy savings squelched at Sullivan County Community College. A wind turbine will be torn down in June after the owner felt it wasn’t drumming up enough juice.
“No one had this one. This was a first,” said Howard-Golladay.
The turbine is a prototype and it doesn’t resemble a typical generator, like a wind mill. The owner was testing out the new technology on campus and the school was looking forward to estimated savings.
“Eventually this turbine could have produced 70 percent of our energy,” said Howard-Golladay.
But that percentage and the project is going out of production.
“It was his call. They own this generator, own this wind turbine and what can you do?” said Howard-Golladay.
In addition to the turbine helping to produce electricity, it would have also helped the college with upcoming course work. The college is kick starting a wind turbine program and students are enrolling for the fall.
“It would have been cool to have, really interesting cause not many campuses have wind turbines,” said student Jared Keesler.
“All that money put to waste. I think it’s just a shame,” said student John Rosengrant.
School officials have already started talking to other companies about installing different turbines to help their bills and their students.
“We need to have as many types of wind turbines as possible, smaller ones, medium ones, huge ones and maybe even one day one like that one that’s out there,” said Howard-Golladay.
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