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UNI powers up at hybrid station

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) --  On Monday, Cedar Falls celebrated the first day of power from the University of Northern Iowa's solar-wind hybrid power station.

It will help to power the campus grid.

The station is funded by a grant from the Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development, state and local funds, educational institutions and the private sector.

Students, faculty and contractors all worked together to make this project possible.

The project has been in the works since March of last year.

"Not only for our students but also having high school, junior high coming to UNI and having tours on campus. When they see wind and solar power systems and it really attracts them to S.T.E.M.: Science, technology, engineering, math areas. So we see the project also, it's promoting S.T.E.M. to the young minds, young students," said Recayi Pecan, of the UNI Department of Industrial Technology.

Currently there is only one 12 kilowatt power station, but UNI plans to build more in the future.

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