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7/30/05

Pioneering the Future of Wind Power Industry

A recently erected 23 story wind turbine has changed the Lubbock sky line, but it's also changing the way some Lubbock residents will power their homes. Soon, the energy it takes to turn on a light in your house could come from the powerful West Texas wind.

Piece by piece one of the tallest structures in Lubbock is coming together.

"This is a 660 watt Vestas wind turbine," Coy Harris said.

The newest addition at the American Wind Power Center will tower over the city. Standing almost twice the height of the Statue of Liberty, it's 240 feet high.

"This is the first and only turbine of its kind within a major city limits in the United States the two million dollar project is a pioneer in the wind power industry," Glenn Patton said. "This is actually brand new technology we will be setting a precedent we will have something from the past, the present, and the future."

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Now in it's final stages the wind turbine will act as a clean energy source for the museum as well.

"There are not any other museums in the country that can say that, we will be making our own energy and selling back 90% back to the City of Lubbock through Xcel Energy."

The turbine is expected to be turned on for the first time Tuesday. In one year it will generate more than 1.1 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, which is enough to power 60 single family homes for an entire year.

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