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County Fairgrounds aggressively pursues wind, solar

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/09/09 @ 9:53am

Just as the wind turbine at the Great Lakes Science Center is a highly visible symbol of a future less dependent on fossil fuels, the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds is getting serious about adding solar panels and a 250 ft. tall wind turbine to educate, provide clean energy and a training program for green jobs.

Project Description The Cuyahoga County Agricultural Society, operator of the County Fairgrounds in Berea/Middleburg Heights, Ohio is aggressively pursuing the installation of a wind turbine and solar arrays at the Fairgrounds. The turbine size is targeted at 600 kw, to be installed at the end of the main parking lot. The solar array will be 20kw erected on the low roof of the International Pavilion, with high visibility to Fairgrounds visitors.

Purpose The wind turbine and the solar array would be installed to demonstrate the Society's commitment to renewable energy, to educate the community on this subject by actual demonstration, to provide wind industry jobs training through collaboration with Polaris Career Center and to reduce the Society's single largest expense, its electricity bills of about $100,000 per year.

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