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Wind turbine going up in Traer

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TRAER (KWWL) -

One eastern Iowa community is building towards energy independence. Last week the Traer Municipal Utilities board broke ground on a new three million dollar wind turbine just southeast of town.

For the past two years Mayor Pete Holden and the Traer Municipal Utilities board have been working to bring a wind turbine to town. Once it's up it will power a large portion of the city.

"About 30 percent of the power will come from this turbine, that's the base load for the city. It will produce five million kilowatts of energy during the year. That will fulfill the government requirement that's coming up for 20 to 30 percent of utilities energy coming from renewable sources," said Holden.

The cost of the turbine has been paid for by investors who receive an investment tax credit. After six years the community will own the wind turbine.

"This should stabilize our electric rates for the next 20 years out," said Holden.

Despite the massive scale of this wind turbine project, construction is moving quickly. The tower will start going up on Friday and you might even see the blades running by the end of the month.

"This is incredibly exciting. This is a dream I've had for 10 years to be involved in wind energy and to be able to put this project together. I'm just thrilled to death and I think it will be a winning situation for the city and everybody involved in this project," said Holden.

When construction is complete, Traer will only be the fifth community in the state to have it's own wind turbine.

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