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Two 1.5- or 2-megawatt wind turbines may eventually be built at the university's Mann Valley Lab Farm west of River Falls off County MM in the town of Troy. A study will measure average wind speeds in that area, which show promise. The key, according to a UW-River Falls official, will be "how constant or sustained" those winds prove to be. The wind-turbine project would blend with UW-RF's overall energy initiatives, as mandated by the state, which include renewable energy credits, renewable energy genera...

UW-RF study looks at wind power possibilities

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Is there enough strong, steady wind at the university's Mann Valley Lab Farm in the town of Troy to justify building commercial turbines that could supply half the campus's energy needs?

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That's what a study underway will show. The report is due by Dec. 1.

Mike Stifter, UW-River Falls director of facilities management, says the idea was spurred by the university's off-the-grid energy goals. That not only means being more self-sufficient but using sustainable energy sources.

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