In April 2010, Suhail Barot of Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) wrote a letter to Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF) to approve a final 1-year grant extension to build the wind turbine at South Farm location.
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Wind Turbine ICECF Grant (Cancelled)
The University of Illinois applied in 2005 to the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation's Renewable Energy Grant Program for assistance with funding an on-campus wind farm. The original grant proposal was to install three utility-scale 1.5 MW Wind Turbine Generators on Campus South Farms. The total project cost was estimated as $5.7M, and the funding request from ICECF was for $2M in support of the three-turbine project. ICECF was extremely supportive of our campus' efforts to create a one-of-a-kind on-campus utility-scale wind farm. The grant was extended and modified over the next several years, as the University worked to complete the Wind Turbine project.
After the Borad of Trustees subcommittee cancelled the wind turbine project in November 2011, F&S Sustainability Coordinator Morgan Johnston relinquished the $2M in ICECF grant funds for this project. We continue to be extremely grateful to the foundation for their support of campus sustainability efforts.