Wind Turbine Installed at Geyserville Wastewater Treatment Plant
For Immediate Release
January 14th 2013
Public Information Officer
Office: (707) 547-1981
Mobile: (707) 332-8156
(Geyserville, CA) – On January 3, 2013, Sonoma County Water Agency continued towards its goal of delivering Carbon Free Water by 2015 with the installation of a small wind turbine at the Geyserville wastewater treatment plant.
The wind turbine is 45 feet tall and will generate 5kW at full capacity, providing about 7% of the annual power consumption for the Geyserville Sanitation Zone. The project will pay for itself in 15 years and cost $29,500. The wind turbine is part of the Renewable Energy Secure Communities (RESCO) project, a California Energy Commission funded effort to develop and demonstrate models for locally owned, cost-effective renewable energy (RE) implementation.
According to Supervisor Mike McGuire, “This wind turbine is an innovative approach towards reducing the Geyserville wastewater system’s impact on the environment. Installed at no cost to local ratepayers, the turbine will also reduce the plant’s energy bills which will mean a long term cost savings for sanitation district customers.”
The Sonoma County Water agency has committed to the goal of operating a carbon free water system by 2015 and is actively working to diversify its energy portfolio and reduce its energy and fuel needs through efficiency and renewable energy production.
The Sonoma County Water Agency is working to secure our future by investing in our water resources, community and environment. The Water Agency provides water supply, flood protection and sanitation services for portions of Sonoma and Marin counties. Visit us on the Web at www.sonomacountywater.org.