Environment Council of Rhode Island

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Wind Turbine Project

The installation of the first utility scale wind turbine in Rhode Island was undertaken to set a positive example to students and the larger community as well as to reduce the Abbey electric expense. The project was partially funded by a gran from the RI Renewable Energy Fund.
Since completion, the Abbey has shared its experience and turbine performance details with many interested groups and individuals. Tours are an ongoing activity. Turbine revenues are being used to fund reduction in energy and resource use: conversion to conpact florescent lamps, electric vehicles, high efficiency boilers, solar heat and hotwater and water-saving devices.

Award Type: 
John H. Chafee Outstanding Conservation Project/Program
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