Makes one wonder when the UMPI wonder wind turbine will do the same. A $2 million (and counting) total waste of public money. Think about that the next time the University of Maine System cries about money.
Based on the success of its solar energy program over the past year, Chesapeake College is decommissioning its wind turbine on the northeast corner of its campus at Rt. 50 and plans to invest future resources in renewable energy produced by the sun.
“The turbine was a catalyst in creating a culture of energy conservation at Chesapeake,” Bounds said. “But we determined that the repair cost was too expensive and our resources could more effectively be invested in solar power, which will result in greater energy savings on campus.”
Being dismantled and removed from campus this week, the turbine will be sold on the secondary market, according to Bounds.
Read about the UMPI turbine right here: http://www.windtaskforce.org/page/umpi-wind-turbine
Meanwhile, back in 2011:
Iconic Community Wind Turbine Constructed at Chesapeake College Through MEA’s Anemometer Loan and Windsw ept programs, Chesapeake College constructed a 150 foot tall community w ind turbine on its Eastern Shore campus on Route 50 in Wye Mills. Governor Martin O'Malley spoke at the Nov. 1 dedication ceremony for the turbine, w hich w ill convert w ind energy to electricity to be used by the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center at the college