The Farmers Bank in downtown Mount Pulaski had
its wind turbine installed
Wednesday afternoon. Many onlookers were present by the courthouse
across the street, as well as along the sidewalk next to the
businesses and in the alley. The city provided a tractor to push the
structure as the crane lifted it. When the turbine was upright, the
crane lifted it over onto the 17-foot-square concrete pad. Then the
legs were manually moved into place and bolts attached.
The wind turbine is churning and as of Thursday afternoon was
operational and supplying the power to the Farmers Bank and its
drive-through across the street. The turbine has a capacity to generate
10,000 watts of power. Onlookers noted the wind turbine made very
little if any noise.
Pictures by Phil Bertoni
Farmer's Bank was established in 1872, which is Logan County's
* Mt. Pulaski's hill is 703 ft above sea level measured on the
* The turbine sits on top of a 120-foot tower. Wind turbine stats
Specs for the Bergey wind turbine installed in Mount Pulaski
*Height: Total height to top of propeller blades is 137 feet, which
includes 120-foot tower.
*Power: 8.2 kW at 25 mph.
*Annual energy: 13,200 kW at 11 mph average.
*Sound level: 54.7 decibels (normal conversation is about 60
*Peak power: 12.5 kW at 28 mph.
*Design operating life: 30 to 50 years.
Source: Bergey WindPower and John Wyss of Central Illinois Wind and
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