Wind turbine added to University of Guam

April 23, 2013 by  
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The University of Guam has added a wind turbine to its growing renewable energy department.

The wind turbine produces 1 kilowatt-per hour, generating energy to generate power for an electric car.

Elvie Tyler, the sustainability coordinator for UOG’s Center for Island Sustainability, said the turbine is being used as an educational tool for students who are collecting data and studying renewable energy application on Guam.

She also said the study will demonstrate renewable energy’s role in the move to reduce dependency on fuel.

The turbine is located at the Sustainable Model Home at UOG’s house No. 32 in the Dean’s Circle, according to Tyler.

The same house was also recently equipped with solar panels on its roof, a rainwater catchment system and a solar oven among its features, Pacific Daily News files state.

It was funded through an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant through the Guam Energy Office and adds wind energy to the department’s already active solar energy source.

Islandwide plan

Guam Power Authority has been also dipping into the renewable energy game.

Recently, the power agency signed a contract with Pacific Green Resources to bring 9.35 megawatts of wind energy over 20 years and 5.65 megawatts of solar energy for 25 years.

It also has an agreement with Quantum Guam Power to bring 20 megawatts of solar energy under a 25-year contract, which begins this year.

Both of solar farms and wind farm are set to be built in the Dandan area in Inarajan.

Virginia Liu, president of Pacific-Green Integrated Technology, a company working with Pacific Green Resources on the solar and wind farms, said a deal to begin pre-development was signed with the Guam Land Use Commission in December.

She also said her company has one year from May 2013 to finalize the contract with the commission to begin development after the pre-development process.

She also expressed her interest to sign the contract before the one-year deadline in May 2014.

Joaquin Flores, GPA general manager, said the recent agreements are part of a plan to reduce the agency’s dependency on oil. The agency wants to add another 40 megawatts of renewable energy to the island.

GPA officials said the plan is, in part, an effort to meet a mandate set by Public Law 29-62, requiring the power agency to have 5 percent of its net electricity sales come from renewable energy sources by Dec. 31, 2015.

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