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Wind turbines to power radio transmitter

Boise State Radio (BSR) is extending its listening range into the wide open spaces of southern Idaho and northern Nevada by powering a new radio transmitter with three small wind turbines. The public radio station will place the 10 kW turbines next to the radio transmitter at the top of the 2621 metre (8600 foot) Ellen D Mountain, just over the Idaho border in Nevada. The nearest power line is over four miles away. Although each turbine can generate twice the needed energy for transmitting radio signals, storage batteries and a backup propane generator will secure National Public Radio programs will always reach the 1500 people in Jackpot, Nevada, a remote mecca for gamblers. The price tag is expected to be about $335,000, about a third the cost of a solar installation, according to BSR.

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