Northern Illinois Jail Hopes To Use Wind Turbine For Power

Feb 8, 2016

Officials at a Stephenson county jail hope to install a 120-foot wind turbine in an effort to cut electricity costs by 40 to 70 percent.

Credit "Wind turbine blades" by Flickr User Patrick Finnegan / (CC BY 2.0)

The Journal-Standard reports that Stephenson County Sheriff Dave Snyders and jail administrator Dean Schroeder have partnered with Highland Community College's Wind Turbine Technology department on the project.

An instructor obtained a donated wind turbine after a two-year study found it's consistently windy at the jail.

About $30,000 is needed to erect the tower. The county and college hope to pay for that with grant money.

The sheriff says the jail also is installing more cost-efficient lights and looking at solar panels and motion-triggered lights.

The jail spends about $108,000 annually on electricity. Officials say the turbine could save $65,000 a year.