NAU research powering wind energy growth

September 20, 2009

By hammersmith

[Source: AZ Daily Sun] – If you think it through, Arizona voters and taxpayers are largely responsible for launching the state’s first large-scale wind farm.

They paid for the initial research that prompted interest from a major Spanish wind-farm developer.

A multimillion-dollar, large-scale wind farm being constructed between Holbrook and Heber relied on a wealth of wind data collected over a few years on rancher Bill Elkins’ land.

That data collection was done with wind-measuring equipment on loan from Northern Arizona University, as one of several university programs funded by a voter-approved sales tax passed in 2000 to fund technological innovations.

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