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Commercial scale wind plant for Colorado University

Green power purchases have been particularly successful at college and university campuses in America but rarely have these institutions dedicated themselves to putting new megawatts of wind power in the ground. Last month brought news that Colorado State University plans to convert its entire Fort Collins campus energy use to 100% wind power. Called the CSU Green Power Project, the plan is for a commercial scale wind project that will meet more than the campus' entire demand for electricity. The Colorado State University Research Foundation, a private, non-profit advocacy arm, recently finalised a deal with Wind Holding LLC to develop the facility on the university's 11,000-acre Maxwell Ranch near the Wyoming border. The wind farm, expected online within two years, will have a rated capacity of at least 65 MW but may be as large as 200 MW. "By powering the university with wind and opening its wind farm to university students and researchers, Colorado State is demonstrating a commitment to developing renewable energy technologies that can provide our nation with secure and clean domestic sources of energy," says Stan Bull at the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Since the CSU Green Power Project will generate more wind power than the electrical needs of campus, it could produce up to an additional $30 million in revenue for the university over the life of the project.

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