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Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Project Details



The Fairgrounds Wind Turbine Project consists of a 500 kW re-manufactured wind turbine and a 2,000 sq. ft. Energy Center building with exhibits and teaching space.



Purpose:


The wind turbine and Energy Center will be utilized to educate the 400,000 annual visitors on Renewable Energy, to provide Sustainability degree credit by Baldwin-Wallace College, to provide jobs training for the wind industry by Polaris Career Center and to reduce by half the Fairground's single largest expense, its electricity bills of about $90,000 per year.


Site Rationale:


The Fairgrounds is a clear, open, urban site of 115 acres. Preliminary wind data obtained through AWS Truewind indicates a year-round average wind speed of 11.0 mph. Actual 14 month wind monitoring has been completed, under a grant from Green Energy Ohio, funded by ODOD. FAA approval has been obtained. Berea zoning variance and Planning Commission approvals have also been obtained.


Benefits:


A 2,000 sq. ft. educational building will be constructed to present the benefits of renewable energy, to explain the process and to house streaming wind/electricity data displays. Tens of thousands of visitors attending the annual Fair plus weekend events will visit the display. Outreach programs with colleges will be developed. The installation will aid Cuyahoga County's efforts to identify the area as a wind energy center, leading to manufacturing and service jobs creation.


Funding:


Approximately $1,675,000 in grants has been obtained for this $2,151,000 project and the County will fund the balance, which will cover the Energy Center.


Project Execution:


A feasibility study was prepared by The Renaissance Group, a Conserve First LLC Company. Winds were measured by Green Energy Ohio from a 50 meter met tower for 14 months. $1,275,000 million in an ARRA-SEP grant and $400,000 in an EECBG grant have been obtained. City and FAA approvals for the Berea site have been obtained. The project's "substantial transformation" qualification for Buy American was approved. The Renaissance Group gathered data for the Environmental Assessment and have been contracted to be the Owner's Rep. The Environmental Assessment has received all approvals and a Finding Of No Significant Impact (FONSI) letter has been issued, triggering release of grant funds. A turbine contract will then be awarded. Turbine supply/re-build/install contract has been awarded, to Halus Power Systems. Energy Center has been designed by Doty & Miller. Energy Center construction contract has been awarded to Town Center Construction.


Timetable:


Construction of the turbine foundation and the Energy Center building are now expected to start in August 2011. The turbine would be re-built, then erected and commissioned in December 2011.