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Iowa Wind Energy Day set Sept. 9

By Staff | Sep 2, 2012

SPENCER – The Iowa Wind Energy Association and 10 co-sponsors will sponsor Iowa Wind Energy Day on Sept. 9 at the Clay County Fair.

The day will focus on Iowa’s national leadership in the wind energy industry and will provide educational and interactive exhibits to explain the industry to fairgoers.

Iowa is the first state in the nation to exceed 20 percent of all electrical generation from wind, is first in the number of wind-related jobs and wind manufacturing businesses.

Landowners in Iowa are paid an annual lease payment for each turbine on their lands and receive a combined $14.5 million annually.

Property tax assessed value in counties with wind turbines has increased by almost $3 billion dollars providing increased tax revenues to county and school district budgets annually.

All co-sponsors and the Iowa Wind Energy Association will have informative and educational exhibits available just south of the Regional Events Center and between the midway and grandstand.

Visitors may sign up for door prizes, receive free wind energy promotional items, view an actual turbine’s operation, see high voltage protective equipment, bid at a silent auction, talk to wind farm developers, operation and maintenance workers and educators about opportunities in the wind energy industry.

There will be a small wind turbine display, where visitors can learn about grants available for wind turbine projects and see high voltage direct current electrical components.

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