Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) has dedicated 900 kilowatt (kW) GobNob wind turbine, which is located at the former Freeman Crown 1 Coal Mine in Illinois. The property is now owned by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and is part of Sangchris Lake State Park. The project has received $225,000 grant from the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. The wind turbine has already generated more than 300,000 kWh of electricity.

The wind turbine is anticipated to generate around 2.5 million kWh per annum.

The project also received grant of $375,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development and grant of $150,000 from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation.

Our members have voiced great support for this renewable energy project, says David Stuva, president and chief executive officer of RECC. We want to do our part to promote the technology and show that wind power can work in this part of the state, even though it provides just a small part of our energy needs. Every bit is important, though, and the GobNob turbine will continue to benefit our members and the entire state for many years to come.