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Wausau wind turbine nearly erected


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Crews will put the final touches today on a new wind turbine at Wausau East High School.

The base went in on the southeast corner of school grounds Monday and a large crane will install the upper tower sections of the 155-foot tall turbine today.

Science teachers will use the turbine to teach students about alternative energy as part of the district’s new renewable energy outdoor learning center.

The turbine will generate 100 kilowatts of energy, which is about 8 percent of the school’s electricity. The move will save up to $14,000 a year, officials have said.

A second turbine that can produce 15 kilowatts will be installed in late October.