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  • Wind turbines to power Blue Springs business

  • Business owners take note – there’s a new way to power your building.



    The Blue Springs Planning Commission approved a site plan/design review for the Walnut Street Development Center on Magellan Drive, where three 55-foot micro wind turbines will reach high into the air and power the entire facility.

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  • Business owners take note – there’s a new way to power your building.
    The Blue Springs Planning Commission approved a site plan/design review for the Walnut Street Development Center on Magellan Drive, where three 55-foot micro wind turbines will reach high into the air and power the entire facility.
    Karl Sigler, owner of Walnut Street Partners, said the turbines will supply power to the 5,700-square-foot facility – and may even produce enough energy that Kansas City Power and Light will give them credit.
    “There could be a surplus for us,” Sigler said.
    The concept has been about five years in the making, and Sigler said that the economy has been the main culprit in the delay. In spite of what people think, he said, the delay wasn’t city related. In fact, the city passed an ordinance in 2009 allowing turbines to be built in city limits – with restrictions.
    Each turbine will produce about 2.4 kilowatts of energy, enough to supply the facility with light and general power for equipment.
    However, because the blowing wind isn’t constant, Sigler said they plan to add solar panels at a later time to supplement.
    “We’ve prepared other lines to the main office building that could be powered later,” he said.
    Monday’s announcement pleased commission members, many of whom thought the proposal was quite innovative and spoke well of the city.
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