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OWC first tech manufacturer/distributor in U.S. to become 100% on-site wind powered
Source: MacDailyNews, October 22, 2009
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Other World Computing (OWC), Woodstock, IL, a top technology company, announced today that it has become the first technology manufacturer/distributor in the U.S. to become 100% on-site wind powered by switching its daily operations energy needs over to a Vestas V39-500 kW wind turbine. Completely on-site powered, OWC can run its resource conserving LEED Platinum designed facility and internet operations datacenter 100% on this renewable, non-polluting power source.

With peak wind conditions, the OWC wind turbine can generate more energy in a single week than what OWC's operations require for an entire month.

As part of the overall vision unveiled in 2006 for the new OWC corporate headquarters, the OWC wind turbine installation was designed to produce power at winds speeds as low as nine mph based upon the OWC campus site conditions average wind speed of 10-15 mph. Whenever there isn't sufficient wind power generation, the local utility company will remain as the backup power source for OWC.

The OWC wind turbine installation is the most recent addition to the energy efficient, resource conserving, and low environmental impact OWC facility. The building, completed in 2008 and currently in the final approval stages for the highest LEED rating of Platinum, features:

* Geo-thermal ground-coupled heat pump system

* Fiber optic rooftop light-harvesting technology

* High insulation value materials throughout the building for reduced energy use

* Sloan high-efficiency hand driers in washrooms for energy/paper savings

* High-efficiency drinking water filtration system to eliminate need for delivered water

OWC's facility, with all of its energy saving technologies, is an ideal match for on-site wind power generation.


Mentioned:
Carbon Offsets:No
Green Building:No
Energy Technology:
    HVAC Technologies
   Emerging Technologies
   Energy Conservation
   General Energy Management Technologie


Property:
Other World Computing
    LEED Building:Yes
    Energy Star Cert.:No

Corporations:
Other World Computing

People:
Larry O'Connor
CEO

Other World Computing



BEPI Published Date: October 26, 2009
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