Ohio Northern University formed the wind turbine research team in 2007 to determine the feasibility of installing wind turbines to supplement the campus’s energy usage. During summer 2008, the University purchased and installed data collectors on the campus radio tower to monitor wind direction and speeds. After over a year of research, the team determined that wind turbines are an economically viable option for the University.
Through a contract NexGen Energy Partners, which has already established itself with area wind-turbine projects, Ohio Northern would not be liable for any portion of the funding. Rather, the University would purchase electricity generated by the turbines.
Construction of three turbines west of campus is pending, which would save approximately 1,800,000 kilowatt hours per year.