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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Projects Updates for Wind Turbine ICECF Grant
- Associated Project(s):Attached Files:
In May 2008, ICECF approved the university's request to build only one wind turbine instead of three because of insufficient funding (based on estimates from GE Wind Energy proposal).Attached Files:
Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF) grant that was filed in September 2005, was approved. On December 1st, 2005, the university received the grant award notification with following main points:
- Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation awards a grant of up to $2,000,000 to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the Installation of 3 Wind Turbines (4.5MW) on Campus South Farms.
- Grant is to be used during the period of November 1, 2005 through August 31, 2007.
- Associated Project(s):
The Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) posted this project summary online in September 2005. University Proposal to Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF) for Turbine Purchase
- Proposes to install three, 1.5 MW wind turbines on the campus South Farms.
- Estimated total project capital cost will be $5,700,000.
- UIUC requests $2,000,000 in aid from the ICECF Renewable Grant Program to help establish this wind turbine project.
- The request is ~1/4 of the total cost ($1.4M), plus a two-to-one (2:1) match on the student fees ($600K).
- To date, the student initiated “clean energy fee” has raised and committed $300,000 for this project.
- Also, the university is investigating the possibility of an additional $250,000 in support directed by the Illinois Department of Community and Economic Opportunity through Vestas Wind Systems A/s.
- The UIUC is prepared to fund the remaining $3,000,000+ in capital costs.
- UIUC facilities will use 100% of the electricity generated by the wind turbines; the energy will feed directly into the University’s electric distribution system.
- The wind turbines will displace electricity generated by natural gas turbines at the UIUC Abbot Power Plant and purchased electricity, depending on the time of day and year.
- The three turbines will produce ~10,500,000 kilowatt hours of electricity (=2.7% of the total campus energy consumption).
- Location: South Farms area- Curtis/Windsor Rd on the north and Old Church Rd on the south and by Philo Rd on the east and First St. on the west.
- Wind turbines renewable energy production will annually eliminate the release of 6,700 tons of carbon dioxide, 32 tons of sulfur oxides and 15 tons of nitrogen oxides.
- The turbines generation capacity will be enough for the UIUC to voluntarily meet the State of Illinois’ Renewable Portfolio Standard through December 31, 2007.
- College of Engineering (Dean Ilesanmi Adesida) wrote a letter to ICECF supporting the project.
- Robert Easter wrote a letter to ICECF saying that ACES “is delighted to support the proposal to install wind turbines”.