Taylor University Installs Wind Turbines

In what may be the coolest summer internship ever, Taylor University junior Robert Dickey got to help install two 50-kilowatt wind turbines at his college recently. The turbines are part of the ongoing construction at Taylor’s new Euler Science Complex in Upland, Indiana.

Dickey, an Earth and Environmental Science major from Anderson, Indiana participated in the installation as part of his summer internship for ECI Wind and Solar, the wind contractor for the Euler project, based in Fairmount. The turbines will supply electricity for the remainder of the construction project; and upon completion of the complex, will be joined by solar and geothermal technologies to provide power to the new building.

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Construction on the $41.4 million complex is expected to be completed in a year, and ready for occupancy at the start of the fall 2012 semester. It is the largest single construction project in the university’s history at 137,000 square feet. The building is being designed to LEED standards.

Taylor University is a small, evangelical Christian liberal arts college in Indiana with about 2,000 students. The science complex is named after Greg and Mary Fran Euler, who met at a science lab during their college years in the 1930s, later becoming married and mentoring many Taylor students.

Lauren Craig is a writer and consultant living in Seattle, WA. She holds an M.S. in International Development from Tulane University, and is co-founder of Sustainable Systems Integrators, LLC., an employee-owned solar energy design and installation firm in New Orleans, LA. She is also certified in PV design and installation by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).