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Company donates nacelle to Iowa Lakes – Will be delivered to college today

By Staff | Dec 13, 2007

ESTHERVILLE–The Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees at its regular meeting Tuesday accepted a second nacelle donated to the wind energy and turbine technology program.

The Babcock and Brown insurance company donated the 2-megawatt, 83-ton nacelle measuring 32 feet. The nacelle, which includes the internal workings for a wind turbine, is the second donated in a little over a year to the program which trains wind turbine technicians, many of whom have been hired worldwide.

In presenting Babcock and Brown’s offer of the nacelle, Delaine Hiney, executive director of facilities management, said the company had offered to pay for shipping the 45,000-pound nacelle which will be mounted on a 12-foot tower just east of the current nacelle which was donated by the Vestas corporation. Hiney said the college would be responsible for the cost of unloading the nacelle.

President Harold Prior said the second nacelle will be of great value to the program. The more units the college has for training, the more attractive the college Wind Energy and Turbine Technology program will be in training employees for the wind energy industry, Prior said.

The nacelle is scheduled to arrive mid-morning Thursday, Hiney said.

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