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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wind Turbine Installed at Fox Chapel/Waterworks Eat’n Park!

Since July, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of a part so that we could adorn our new Fox Chapel Eat’n Park with its crowning touch: a wind turbine. Our wait ended yesterday when the turbine was successfully installed!

The turbine is designed to generate power in winds up to 60 miles per hour, and it was immediately apparent yesterday that it spins in even the slightest breeze. Stretching 40 feet above ground, the turbine is mounted just past our pickup window – so take a look next time you’re picking up dinner!

We expect the turbine to generate about 2,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity for our restaurant annually (about 1/3 of what the average household uses in a year). When its power is not being used at the Waterworks Eat’n Park, it will be fed back into the power grid.

Below are a few photos from the installation. KDKA covered the event, and you can check out a video of the installation and the turbine in action here: http://kdka.com/green/Eatn.Park.turbine.2.1969522.html

To see more photos from the event, check out our Facebook page. And for more information about the other green features of the Waterworks Eat’n Park, click here.




Unknown said...

What brand of turbine did you choose to go with? Saw it yesterday on my drive home and it certainly looks neat!

Any plans on sharing the energy production by the turbine? It would be great to see how much energy it generates vs what the theoretical generation capacity is.

Eat'n Park said...

Thanks for your comments. The turbine is manufactured by Windspire. If you're looking to purchase a wind turbine for your own home, we highly recommend the local distributor that we worked with: Robbie Heaps from Southwest Wind Power.
As for the turbine's energy production, we are working on linking it up to our website so that we can share that information with our guests. It will likely take us a few weeks to get the necessary functionality in place for that to be possible, but we'll certainly announce that here on our blog when it's ready.