Construction is underway on the 200kW, WindStor® Wind Turbine system at the Pioneer Bluff senior citizen apartment complex in Ishpeming, Michigan.
ISHPEMING, MICHIGAN - June 22, 2006
Construction is underway on the 200kW, WindStor® Wind Turbine system at the Pioneer Bluff senior citizen apartment complex in Ishpeming, Michigan. The Ishpeming Housing Commission, which manages Pioneer Bluff, has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with WindStor Power Co. "WPC", a wholly owned subsidiary of McKenzie Bay International Ltd.
Permits were applied for earlier this month and approved this week so that construction could begin. Contractors arrived on the scene yesterday and began digging the hole for the tower foundation today which is scheduled to be poured next week. The installation is on a track to be completed near the end of July.
WPC Sales Representative, MTI Energy Management / Lighting Specialists, Inc. of Brighton, Michigan, sourced the transaction with assistance from M-TEC at Bay College in Escanaba, Michigan. MTI, M-TEC, WPC and more than 60 additional organizations and companies are a part of Michigan GREEN, a group of energy companies and energy consultants, together with government agencies and schools, colleges and universities which have joined forces to champion the cause of providing economic renewable energy generation and education at schools in Michigan and the nation.
"The wind turbine will generate electricity to be fed into the 88 unit low-income senior apartment building, serving as a supplement to the electricity currently supplied by the Upper Peninsula Power Co.", said Evelyn Valente-Heikkala, executive Director of the Ishpeming Housing Commission. "Pioneer Bluff is an all electric facility, so electricity costs are quite high. The wind turbine will generate more than half of the electricity needed to run the facility."
View photos of the construction at www.mti-energy.com and www.michigangreen.org
Please phone 248-446-9502 for additional information.