Twice as Nice

turbinesCarleton dedicated its second wind turbine in late October. Located about a quarter mile southeast of Cowling Arboretum, the turbine stands about 260 feet tall and has 270-foot-diameter blades. It will produce between 4,000 and 5,000 megawatts of electricity per year—more than 25 percent of Carleton’s annual consumption. The new turbine will reduce the College’s carbon footprint by approximately 10 percent.

Named for Richard Kracum ’76 and Laurie Weiss Kracum ’76, whose generous gift made the purchase possible, the Kracum Wind Turbine also honors the memory of Rich’s brother, David Kracum ’73.

Carleton’s first wind turbine, which was installed in 2004, was the first utility-grade wind turbine in the United States to be owned by a college or university.

Web Extra: See energy production data from the turbines.

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