WAVERLY (KWWL) -- Waverly Light and Power announced Wednesday it plans to add two new wind turbines just east of the city.
The turbines Cannon I and Cannon II are named after Glenn Cannon, former General Manager of the Utility. The new turbines will be 246 feet tall, and have the combined capability to power 522 homes.
Construction is scheduled to begin next week. A dedication event will be announced once the turbines are operational later this year.
"Waverly Light and Power was the first public power system in the Midwest to own and operate wind generation. This new investment continues the renewable energy commitment we made a few years ago," said Diane Johnson, General Manager of Waverly Light and Power.
"Our position as a national leader in renewable energy is reflected in our effort to provide clean, green energy to the community of Waverly," said Johnson.
The company says ruckloads of equipment will pass through Waverly in the next few days to be delivered to the turbine site, including turbine blades and tower components.
"It's a sign of progress in Waverly," said Gene Drape, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Waverly Light and Power.
"People here have a huge stake in this project because these new wind turbines are theirs, and so are the benefits," said Drape.
In a news released issued Wednesday, the company said Waverly Light and Power set a goal for its system to be 20% renewable by the year 2020. After installation of these turbines, WLP will own and operate a total of three wind turbines in Waverly. The utility's wind generation will serve the equivalent of 783 homes annually, and offsets thousands of tons of carbon dioxide, a leading greenhouse gas associated with climate change.
About Waverly Light and Power (company news release)
Established in 1904, Waverly Light and Power is a municipally owned electric utility that now serves more than 4,600 customers in and around Waverly. In 1993, Waverly Light and Power became the first public power system in the Midwest to own and operate wind generation, positioning the utility as a national leader in renewable energy.
Managed by a trusteeship, Waverly Light and Power is committed to energy efficiency, and is the recipient of numerous state and national awards, including the Reliable Public Power Award, the Iowa Energy Leadership Award, and multiple Energy Innovator Awards.
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