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Our trip to Greensburg, Kansas: Part II of II

Posted by Ariana Wammer on May 07, 2010
Tags: carbon projects, wind energy, greensburg wind farm

The second day of our trip began with a tour of (drum roll) THE WIND FARM! And, the tour is what I had anxiously been waiting for. Even though I could see the turbines from the town, as we drove closer and closer to these majestic towers, my excitement and awe grew. The wind farm is only about a five minute drive from the center of town and when our group arrived at the site we were met by Martin Bustos, the site operations manager from John Deere Wind Energy. He was there to show us around.

The 10 turbines each produce 1.25 megawatts of wind energy. They are an astonishing 330 feet tall, and from the tip of one blade to the tip of another is almost the length of a football field! While we were able to go in the bottom of a turbine tower, we were not allowed to climb up the turbine as a safety precaution. This was my first experience seeing a wind turbine.  As I told Joel (creative director) and Regina (marketing director), “I was amazed at how beautiful these structures are.” I know that’s corny, but it’s true. I think that everyone at the wind farm shared my sentiment. Being at the wind farm makes the project and what we do as a company come to life. It was truly a remarkable experience.

We spent a few hours at the wind farm site learning and watching the blades spin at this appropriately windy field.

If you would like to see a video of the wind farm yourself, check out this clip Joel was able to capture: 

After the tour, we headed back into town to attend the ribbon cutting to the new eco-silo home, which can withstand winds up to 200mph. We stopped by the 5-4-7 Arts Center, which was showcasing a new exhibit, and we were able to check out many of the new businesses that have opened since the last time we were in Greensburg. Unfortunately, to my dismay we had to miss out on one of the highlights – George Jones (the country legend) was playing at the airfield later that evening. Because we had an early flight the next morning, we had to begin our drive back to Wichita.

It was so inspiring to attend this dedication and to meet the welcoming townspeople. Their determination and future-oriented thinking has enabled them to become the “greenest town in America.” As Steve Maller, program manager for John Deere Renewables, said of their great example when he spoke at City Hall, “The Greensburg Wind Farm provides a vivid example of how local leaders, governments, and private industry can collaborate to develop renewable energy projects that help sustain Americas’ rural communities and our rural heritage.”

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