PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Northern Maine Community College could be the second university in the state, and in the city, to erect a wind turbine on campus if the first step in a long process turns out to be favorable.
College officials announced late last week that NMCC is set to erect a meteorological, or “met,” tower on the north end of campus to measure wind speed and direction. The tower will be used as a teaching tool for students enrolled in NMCC’s training program in wind power technology, the only program of its kind in Maine.
The college collaborated with the Northern Maine Regional Office of the state Department of Environmental Protection to secure an in-kind grant from the Efficiency Maine program to solidify the loan of the 100-foot tower from the University of Maine. Data collected from the site, including information that will determine how much power a wind turbine would generate at the location, will be used by both the college and the DEP.
NMCC President Tim Crowley praised the tower as “a unique learning opportunity” for students in the wind power technology program.
“They will benefit from seeing the process unfold that could eventually lead to the construction of a wind turbine on our campus, and they will benefit from the analysis of the data gathered from this tower,” he added.
If the college eventually erects a wind turbine, it will be the second college in the state to do so. Last May, the University of Maine at Presque Isle turned on its 600-kilowatt wind turbine.
Crowley said NMCC’s met tower will be installed on land situated between the residence halls and Skyway Street. The tower is expected to go up in the coming weeks.