The turbine project was coordinated by the City of Medford and the Medford Clean Energy Committee. Erected in January of 2009, the Medford turbine provides about 10% of the power for the McGlynn School, saving about $25,000 each year in electricity bills.
In addition to saving money, the wind turbine reduces the production of greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to global climate change. The turbine generates roughly 170 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity annually, offsetting approximately 133 tons (266,000 pounds) of greenhouse gas emissions every year. This is equivalent to burning about 13,700 gallons less gasoline or planting about 4,600 trees.
The wind turbine is an important educational tool for the entire school system and the public. Students and citizens can access real-time data on wind speed and energy output, gaining a practical understanding of renewable energy resources and power generation.
Fast Facts about our Northwind 100 Wind Turbine
• Turbine manufacturer: Northern Power Systems
• Height: 40 meters (131 feet)
• Rotor diameter: 21 meters (69 feet)
• Electricity generated: Approximately 170 MWh/year
• Greenhouse gas emissions offset: 133 tons/year (266,000 pounds/year)
• Power production minimum wind speed: 3 meters/second (7 miles per hour)
• 50 KW power production wind speed: 8.5 m/s (19 mph)
• 100 KW power production wind speed: 15.2 m/s (34 mph)
To learn more about this turbine design, visit Northern Power’s Website