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College Captures Turbine’s Windfall of Benefits

Lake Region State College (LRSC), Devils Lake, N.D., is building a wind turbine to serve as a living lab for students enrolled in its wind energy technician program. LRSC will become more competitive with colleges that have their own training turbines, pay off the turbine and a new gas boiler by selling excess energy to Otter Tail Power Company,
and help promote a green campus by reducing energy consumption.

The Customer
Lake Region State College (LRSC)
Devils Lake, N.D.

LRSC offers 17 degree programs that include business and office tracks, liberal arts, and career and technical programs, and serves more than 3,000 students each year. The mission of LRSC is to enhance lives and community vitality through quality education. LRSC is one of only seven colleges to receive the American Wind Energy Association Seal of Approval that recognizes exemplary wind energy education programs.

The Problem
• The College has been “borrowing” turbines at three other facilities that are 60-65 miles away from campus to train wind energy technicians, which has resulted in:

  - Down time and loss of income at the training facilities
  - Logistical challenges and added expenses for LRSC to transport instructors and students to and from campus

  - Limited enrollment in LRSC’s wind energy technician program

  - Limited hands-on training for students with an actual turbine

• LRSC needed to circumnavigate many levels of approval with state, federal and regulatory agencies before turbine construction could begin, including the Federal Aviation Administration, the North Dakota Public Service Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the North Dakota Archeological Association and Otter Tail Power Company.

Honeywell Solution
• Honeywell Energy Services Group (ESG) worked with LRSC to help manage state, federal and regulatory approvals and secure funding through Banc of America for the turbine.

• Honeywell ESG is working with a local wind turbine engineering firm to construct the turbine.

• The LRSC campus will utilize the wind turbine for all of its electricity needs – approximately 1,700 megawatt hours per year. The turbine is projected to produce 6,000 megawatt hours per year, with the excess electricity sold to Otter Tail Power Company. The revenue generated is expected to pay off the turbine within 15 years.

• Honeywell analyzed the price of natural gas and the cash flow the turbine will generate and recommended installation of a high-efficiency gas boiler instead of an electric boiler.

• Honeywell will project manage the reconfiguration of LRSC’s hot water distribution system to a single pumping station.

LRSC Blown Away with Great Results
• LRSC will have its own wind turbine to use as a living lab for its wind energy technician program.

• LRSC’s wind turbine will produce 6,000 megawatt hours per year of electricity and is expected to use 1,700 megawatt hours. The excess power will be sold to Otter Tail Power Company and is expected to generate enough revenue in the first 15 years to pay off the turbine and new boiler.

• LRSC will potentially be able to attract more students into its wind energy program




A turbine similar to this will be constructed at Lake Region State College


Generating Energy and More Students

“The installation of the turbine close to campus is going to be a great training tool for our
energy technician program,” said Dr. Doug Darling, interim president, Lake Region State
College, Devils Lake, N.D. “It’s also going to be a great marketing tool for attracting
new students. We will be the only college in the tri-state area that offers a wind energy
technician program with its own turbine, and we ultimately see the construction of a
turbine close to campus as a way to move our training program from good to great.
We want to provide training and jobs in North Dakota so people want to stay, work and
raise their families here.”

 

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