A turbine now sits on the bank of Lake Pontchartrain in Mandeville, LA. Utility compay Cleco and the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission celebrated the completion of the 60-ft turbine that will provide test data to help the utility determine the economic feasibility of using wind turbines to generate power in Louisiana. Cleco and the GNOEC are partners in the two-year test project.
Equipment installed at the site will send data to Cleco via ethernet, and the power generated will offset energy used at the Northshore Toll Plaza. “The information we gather will help us determine if wind power is a practical option for Cleco customers,” said George Bausewine, president and COO of Cleco Power. Over the next two years the test project will document the average wind speed and the energy produced by a wind turbine rated at a capacity of 2.4 kW. A weather station mounted near the structure also will transmit weather information to Cleco.
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