The people behind the Renewable Energy Center at Saint Francis University say smaller wind turbines make sense for farms, business and even some rural homesteads. The new two and a half kilo-watt generating turbine on a hill next to a Saint Francis athletic field is designed to show landowners how they can get into the private energy producing business. The new campus tower is an example of a turbine that could be part of a residential system according to the people behind the project. They say the new equipment can serve as an example of a wind power generating station that people could come and look at when they are considering setting up a turbine for their home or private property.
The 120 foot tall tower is expected to attract a lot of attention from the Campus Community. The people behind the project say lot of people could cut their power bills way down with a tower like the new Saint Francis demonstration project. Because this smaller turbine will produce electricity for use in a near by Campus Research Center, Saint Francis Leaders say the project could help spread a renewable energy message. One more big benefit from the energy project will be lower power bills. With electricity rates across Pennsylvania projected to go up significantly in 2011, backers of private generating facilities like the one on the Saint Francis Campus say these projects will make even more sense in the future.