“We’ve been discussing a whole range of options, from a new wind turbine to solar.”
With the insurance investigation recently completed regarding the fire that occurred last year in the wind turbine, officials with the University of Maine at Presque Isle are exploring a new alternative energy project that will generate the same level of electricity.
The insurance investigation confirmed that the April 2018 fire in the nacelle of the wind turbine was caused by a mechanical failure. The late night fire burned itself out in about 45 minutes; the nacelle was a total loss. The claim will cover the cost of the event, the clean-up, and the wind turbine itself, at its depreciated value.
With the insurance claim in process, UMPI officials are exploring alternative energy project options in consultation with the campus’s Green Committee.
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