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WDDE: UD's wind turbine five years later

The wind turbine on University of Delaware’s Lewes campus has now reached its fifth anniversary. Standing at 256 feet, the wind turbine in Lewes is the only commercial-sized wind turbine in Delaware. Since 2010, it’s generated 23.57 million kilowatt hours of electricity, powering the facilities at University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment campus.

The Lewes Board of Public Works purchased some of the turbine’s surplus electricity, enough to power 108 homes for five years.

“It is the most coastally oriented wind turbine in the United States,” said Jeremy Firestone, the director of the Center for Carbon-Free Integration at University of Delaware. But the turbine, built by wind power company Gamesa, didn’t just power buildings.