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UD's wind turbine turns five

Aug. 31, 2015--Since 2010, the University of Delaware has been a leader in generating carbon-free energy. This past June, UD marked the fifth anniversary of the installation of the wind turbine (a Gamesa G90-2.0 MW model) located on the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, a joint collaboration between UD and Gamesa.

The turbine has generated 23.47 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity over the past five years, more than enough renewable energy to power the laboratories, offices and other buildings on the Lewes campus.

The Lewes Board of Public Works purchased 5.35 million kWh of the surplus electricity. This is enough surplus energy to power approximately 108 average homes per year for five years.

In total, the turbine has displaced approximately 17,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.