BarberWind Turbines selects demonstration site
GREENVILLE, S.C. — BarberWind Turbines LLC, a revolutionary wind technology company, has announced that it has selected Concordia as the demonstration site for its second-generation mid-sized wind turbine.
The project site will be located about seven miles south of Concordia at U.S. Highway 81 and Milo Road.
BarberWind Turbines has leased three acres of land for 25 years from a local farming family.
Concordia Technologies, LLC has been selected by BarberWind Turbines (BWT) to be the manufacturer and fabricator of its innovative turbine design, which has been certified by DNV GL.
Locating the demonstration site close to the factory will expedite the project and allow daily, in person coordination between BWT site engineers and factory personnel.
The Power Purchase agreement has been negotiated with Sunflower Electric Power Corporation. The interconnect will be executed with PrairieLand Electric Cooperative.
“We wanted our demonstration turbine to be located within driving distance of the factory to speed up the installation of the turbine,” Jerry Barber, inventor and chair of the board for BWT, “We are grateful to PrairieLand and Sunflower for working with us to make this possible.”
Debbie O'Hara, CMO of BWT, said that the demonstration site will showcase the innovative technology of the BWT800Kw, which uses 1,280 blades on 64 spokes instead of the traditional trio of blades that are typically over 100-feet long each.
“The smaller blades act as airfoils, automatically customizing their pitch to capture a greater percentage of available wind, making this turbine more efficient than other turbines its size,” O'Hara said, “It's the perfect solution for micro-grid and other distributed energy applications.”
BarberWind Turbines broke ground on the demonstration site in December.
“After nine years in development, we are excited to have reached this milestone,” Tammy Barber, owner and CEO, said, “We are fortunate to be working with such progressive people as we've found in Concordia.”