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SUNY Canton wind turbine project up for public discussion April 16

CANTON –The conversation about whether or not to built a wind turbine for electric generation on the SUNY Canton campus goes public Tuesday, April 16.

That is the date of the first of three public discussions on the proposal. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Intramural Gym.

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

The college, along with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Sustainable Energy Developments (SED), is considering building a wind turbine that would provide electricity to the campus and provide support for courses on alternative and renewable energy systems and electrical engineering.

The plan is for the campus to finance the project via NYPA and pay back the costs through energy savings.

Representatives from SUNY Canton departments of Facilities and Planning and Public Relations will join Northland Associates and representatives from NYPA and SED to answer questions about the scope and purpose of the project.

Michael J. Newtown, Interim Dean of the School of Engineering Technology, will speak about the educational benefits of having a wind turbine on campus.

From 2 to 6 p.m. the same day, two balloons will be floated at the proposed wind turbine location on campus to show its scale. The balloons will represent the maximum height of the structure, to the tip of the blade, and the position of the center of the blades. If weather conditions prohibit the balloon float, it will be tried again on the following day, Wednesday the 17th at the same time, according to SED.

Parking will be available in Lots 1 and 13. For directions, refer to online campus maps.

For further information, contact the SUNY Canton office of Public Relations at 386-7300 or email pr@canton.edu.