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Anemometer Loan Program

Anemometer Loan Program Wraps up its 5th Year


The village of St. Paris, the Southeastern Correctional Institution, and the Lorain Correctional Institution were selected by Green Energy Ohio (GEO) and the Ohio Department Services Agency (ODSA) as the three sites for participation in the 2011-2012 Ohio Anemometer Loan Program (ALP). Twelve months of wind speed data have been collected from each site, and GEO has finalized the final wind turbine feasibility studies for the three sites.  

Funded by the ODSA, the Ohio ALP is managed by GEO and was designed to provide assistance to public entities, non-profit organizations and small businesses/industries that are interested in developing wind power. Under the Ohio ALP, the selected applicants can borrow equipment from a dedicated ALP inventory and obtain wind monitoring study services. Monitoring studies are conducted over a 12-month period. The selected applicants receive raw data files, monthly analytical summaries and a final report that characterizes the site’s potential for wind power generation. In addition, an economic feasibility study will be conducted at each location which will address permitting, electrical interconnection, energy production estimates and financial analysis for future wind development projects.

Located in western Champaign County, the village of St. Paris has partnered on the ALP study with Ice River Springs, a Canadian bottling company, to evaluate the feasibility of powering a portion of a bottling plant with wind power. The project supports the village’s goal to explore and pursue the development of renewable energy. The village is already host to a 66.24 kW solar system installed at the village water district pump house.

Located in southern Fairfield County, the Southeastern Correctional Institution has an interest in testing the wind resource in their area for the benefit of the tax payer, the environment, and the education for the inmates, staff and the local community. The institute’s other green initiatives include partnering with the Fairfield County Community Action Agency to launch a recycling program at the facility and serving as a pilot facility for the Ohio Green Prison Project; a project to design and implement a green vocational training and reentry program that will benefit the inmates and reduce the environmental impact and operating cost or the facility.

Lorain Correctional Institution, located in Lorain County, would also like to investigate the feasibility of a wind turbine to help power their facility at a lower cost to taxpayers. The Lorain Correctional facility is in the beginning stages of a recycling program to decrease their impact on the environment.

After evaluating the two correctional institutions participating in the 2011-2012 ALP, GEO has found that such institutions appear to be particularly well suited for wind turbine installations. Positive factors include: overall power usage, load distribution, multiple utility provider interconnect options, redundant supply infrastructure, existing spare infrastructure, existing high voltage site grid infrastructure, available physical installation space, state control of surrounding properties, likely feasibility of positive cash-flow models from initial installation, and possibilities to connect or replicate projects for other state controlled facilities for economies of scale.

The Ohio ALP has assisted 12 participants in evaluating their sites for wind energy since 2006. Of the 12 ALP participants, four have gone on to install wind turbines; Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Archbold Area Schools, Pettisville Local Schools, and Kenston Local Schools. 



Past ALP Participants:

2011/2012 Ohio Anemometer Loan Program (ALP)
Tower commissioning for the 2011/2012 Anemometer Loan Program sites took place during January through May of 2012. The three sites chosen for the 2011/2012 program include the Village of St. Paris, the Southeastern Correctional Institution, and the Lorain Correctional Institution.

Village of St. Paris ALP Meteorology Tower Commissioning

2010/2011 Ohio Anemometer Loan Program (ALP)
Tower commissioning for the 2010/2011 Anemometer Loan Program sites took place during December through August of 2011. The three sites chosen for the 2010/2011 program include the Village of Greenfield, the City of Solon, and the West Warren Industrial Partnership.

Village of Greenfield ALP Meteorology Tower Commissioning

City of Solon ALP Meteorology Tower Commissioning

West Warren Industrial Partnership ALP Meteorology Tower Commissioning

2009/2010 Ohio Anemometer Loan Program (ALP)

Tower commissioning for the 2009/2010 Anemometer Loan Program sites took place during September 2009. The two sites chosen for the 2009/2010 program include Pettisville Area Schools, and the Ashtabula Port Authority. Pettisville Area Schools hopes to add a wind turbine to their campus that will generate electricity for the school and provide tremendous educational opportunities for their students. The Ashtabula Port Authority site is located at the Ashtabula Waste Water Treatment Plant, which the city hopes to power with a wind turbine in the future.

   Ashtabula ALP Meteorology Tower Commissioning


    Pettisville ALP Meteorology Tower Commissioning

2008/2009 Ohio Anemometer Loan Program (ALP)

Tower commissioning for the 2008/2009 Anemometer Loan Program sites took place during June 23-25, 2008. The two sites chosen for the 2008/2009 program include Archbold Area Schools, and Cuyahoga County Agricultural Society. The site at Archbold High School is a collaboration with nearby Pettisville School System and Northwest State Community College with the hope of installing one or more wind turbines that will generate electricity for the schools and provide tremendous educational opportunities for their students. The Cuyahoga County Agricultural Society site is located in the infield of the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds racetrack and will provide educational opportunities for tens of thousands of annual visitors to the fairgrounds. Click here for more information on the 2008/2009 ALP sites.

Archbold Tower Commissioning
                  Archbold ALP Meteorology Tower Commissioning

 Cuy. Co. Fair Tower Comissioning
 Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds ALP Meteorology Tower Commissioning

2006/2007 Ohio Anemometer Loan Program (ALP)
In March of 2007 wind monitoring equipment was installed on a communication tower at Kenston Local Schools to assess the wind resource.  Officials at the Kenston Local Schools believe that wind power can cut their electricity costs, while providing important educational opportunities for its students.  For more on Kenston Schools click here.  The second '06/'07 ALP participant was Iten Industries, located in Geauga county.  A temporary meteorology tower was installed at Iten Industries in January of 2007.

Kenston Schools Wind Monitoring Equipment

Wind Monitoring Tower at Iten Industries