Public invited to get a closer look at wind and solar project

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On October 29, 2008

Maybe you’ve noticed the tall wind turbine located just off Interstate-44 on the property of the Highway Patrol Troop I Headquarters in Rolla. The turbine is part of a renewable energy demonstration project orchestrated by researchers at

Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Missouri S&T will hold a public open house at the site from 2-4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10.

In addition to the wind turbine, 10 solar panels have been installed on the site. The main objective of the project is to demonstrate that renewable energy systems have the potential to reduce the state’s energy bills.

The following are being monitored by Missouri S&T researchers: the amount of energy generated by the solar panels, the amount of energy generated by the wind turbine, the amount of energy purchased by the facility, the excess energy that is returned to the utility grid, wind direction and velocity at the site and the amount of solar radiation.

During the open house, visitors will have an opportunity to learn more about the installation, operation and maintenance of renewable energy systems. The event will be held rain or shine. Shelter will be available as needed.

For more information, visit, or contact Dr. Curt Elmore, associate professor of geological engineering, at 573-341-6935 or .

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