Wind System Powers Up in September in Springview

Two wind turbines are expected to start operating in September about 1.5 miles west of Springview in north central Nebraska.

According to project sources, the two 750 kilowatt units will be among the largest wind turbines in North America. The wind turbines will be mounted on 210 foot tall lattice towers. The three-bladed rotor diameter will be 165 feet. The electricity expected to be generated by the turbines would meet the needs of 350 residential customers slightly more than the population of Springview itself.

The $2.1 million project is a joint undertaking involving Nebraska Public Power District, Lincoln Electric System, KBR Rural Public Power District, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska and locally-owned utilities in Grand Island and Auburn.

Springview was selected based on wind speeds gathered at eight locations across the state for the past several years. Utility officials have called this part of the state one of the most promising areas for wind generated electricity.

For more information about this project, contact Mike Hasenkamp at Nebraska Public Power District at 402-563-5371.