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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?

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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