Olympic Steel Installs Wind Turbine

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Olympic Steel Inc., a national metals service center, says it has installed a $550,000 Northern Power 100 kW wind turbine that will supplement electricity to the company's corporate office and attached temper mill facility in Bedford Heights, Ohio.

The gearless, direct-drive turbine is mounted atop a 120-foot monopole and features a 69-foot diameter rotor. The unit is expected to supplement approximately 15% of the electric power consumed by the company's location with any excess production directed to the local energy grid, which is managed by First Energy.

Olympic Steel partnered with Wind Turbines of Ohio to subsidize the project through the Ohio Department of Development and the Advanced Energy Fund. Cascade Renewable Energy executed the installation.

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