Green Power Partnership
|Heartland Community College|
|Organization Type||Education (Higher)|
|Percentage Green Power||60.6%|
|Purchasing Third-Party Certified Green Power Product?||Yes|
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Founded in 1990, Heartland Community College is the youngest public community college in Illinois. The affordable, two-year, open admissions community college focuses on student success, community partnerships and fiscal responsibility.
Heartland Community College generates an estimated 60 percent of its own electricity through an on-site 1.65 megawatt (MW) wind turbine. In 2006, the Board of Trustees adopted the vision of a wind turbine as part of the Campus Master Plan. This vision was consistent with the College’s strategic commitment to environmental and fiscal stewardship and would provide a “classroom” for students preparing for the new green economy. After six years of attaining grant funds to offset a portion of the cost, identifying a performance contract partner, conducting a wind feasibility study, identifying a site location, and finding a company that would sell a single turbine, the turbine was erected in April 2012. Since the installation of the turbine, the College has offered a wind tower rescue and competent climber training program in the turbine and will be sharing generation data on an energy dashboard that can also be used in classroom lessons.
“The turbine is one more manifestation of Heartland’s long standing commitment to achieving energy independence,” said Mary Beth Trakinat, VP of Continuing Education and Advancement. According to College President Rob Widmer, the turbine has also regularly outperformed the College’s expectations.