Wind turbine update, Fayette schools 8.12.09

Written by David Green.

Wind Turbine Project


Project Update August 2009



Fayette Superintendent of Schools

Fayette Local Schools, in partnership with the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC), is pursuing a wind turbine component for the recently constructed K-12 School facility. Wind power has been discussed for the past 18 months by the Fayette school district officials, Buehrer Group Architect, Barton Malow Construction Management, and OSFC Project Administrators.

A consultant was hired in 2008 to study the project, work on zoning issues and seek grant opportunities. Michael Spacek of Engineered Process Systems of Huron was the lead engineer on the project. The study was paid for through project funds, 81 percent state, 19 percent local.

Over the course of the past year, much has been accomplished. A grant application was made to the Ohio Department of Development (DOD). The district was awarded a grant in the amount of $200,000. Mr. Spacek worked with Village of Fayette officials and council on zoning and the district has a permit to construct a wind turbine on the school site.

At a meeting in Columbus on June 20, 2009, the OSFC gave the approval to proceed with the project. Remaining funds in the school project may be used for the wind turbine project. Buehrer Group will be the architect for the project. Barton Malow will continue as construction manager on the project. The budget was set at $900,000 to $1,000,000.

Soil borings were completed on site during the month of July. The architect is in the process of submitting specifications to the construction manager for review and approval. OSFC officials requested that multiple turbines be considered as an alternative to the single 250 kwh turbine the district had been researching for the project. Wind study information from a recently completed tower project in Archbold, as well as an earlier study from Northwest State Community College, has been used in determining the wind supply in the area.

The consultant has calculated an annual savings of $30,000 to $50,000 in electrical costs to the district utilizing a 250 kwh turbine. The district share of the cost of the project could be returned in 2.67 to 4.43 years. The DOD grant and OSFC would fund the remainder of the project. If project funds are not utilized for the wind turbine project, over $600,000 would be returned to the state.

Bids for the project will take place later this year with possible completion in 2010. Many other school districts are looking into wind turbine projects. Fayette Local Schools is the first OSFC project district with approval to proceed with a turbine of this size. The turbine would be located in the field south of the building, with controls located in the new maintenance building.

Fayette Local Schools is interested in pursuing alternative power sources which are good for the environment as well as being cost effective for the district and community.

  • Front.cowboy
    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.base Ball
    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
  • Front.crossing
    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016