The Skidaway Institute campus will soon be the site of a “small-wind” demonstration project to study the feasibility of generating wind power in Georgia using small scale wind turbines. The Georgia Power-sponsored project will feature four small scale turbines, up to 10 kW each, or the size that an individual/customer might install on their own property, plus a meteorological tower.
The turbines will be located in the large field adjacent to McWhorter Road on the main section of the campus. While the equipment selection has not been finalized, the turbine height could range between 90-140 feet, or about one-third to one-half the height of large-scale wind turbines.
The Board of Regents approved placing the site on the Skidaway campus at its April board meeting. Georgia Power will lease the property for two years with an option for an additional six months. When the research project is complete, the agreement calls for the test turbines to be dismantled and removed.
Georgia Southern University is also partnering in the research on this project. GSU’s primary focus is to study the environmental aspects of small wind turbines including the impact on noise and avian life.