To commemorate Earth Day, El Centro College gave home to 80 turbines on top of Dallas’ El Centro College. The newest addition is Dallas County’s first-ever wind farm.
It’s enough to generate electricity to power 2,000 of the college’s computers. The school’s vice president for business affairs, David Browning when he noticed how windy it was around campus.
In the next six years, El Centro tested many prototypes before settling on turbines and a supporting metal grid from Hydro-Star Energy. The total cost was $240,000.
The first wind farm in Dallas County spins atop a historic building at El Centro College in downtown Dallas.
The community college fired up the farm last month to mark Earth Day, and now 80 turbines are generating enough electricity to power 2,000 computers.
The wind farm was proposed by David Browning, the school’s vice president for business affairs. He said that when he began working there in 2008, he was struck by how windy it was around campus.
El Centro’s wind farm appears to be the only one operating in Dallas County, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.