Kirkwood Community College’s wind turbine is up and running. The turbine cost the school $5.2 million, but the energy generated each year will be sold to Alliant Energy for an estimated $300,000.
Additionally, some students in Kirkwood’s Energy Production and Distribution Technologies program will use the turbine as part of their training for a future in wind energy.
This training is in high demand in Iowa, as MidAmerican Energy alone will build 176 new wind turbines this year.
Read more about the turbine and Kirkwood’s program here.