Buffalo Bills invest in wind power to cut costs

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 @ 09:11 AM
posted by rene5432

While Buffalo Bills kicker Rian Lindell might not be too fond of the steady wind coming off Lake Erie, it could end up saving the team a good deal of money over coming years, according to WNED.

The Bills and their owner, Ralph Wilson Jr., decided to invest in a substantial new wind power installation to help control the stadium's rising electricity costs.

First introduced at the team's home game against the New York Jets last Sunday, the installation includes 30 small, vertical-axis wind turbines arrayed underneath the stadium's scoreboard, along the "opening" at the narrow end of the field.

Each of the wind turbines costs only $200, making them an affordable investment in renewable electricity for a business with access to such steady winds.

"We are taking that energy and putting it back into the grid at the stadium level, and they can use it to offset any number of devices – computers, lights, refrigerators, televisions, things like that," Dan Bates, the chief executive officer of WindStream Technologies, told the news source.

Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium has regularly been recognized as one of the NFL stadiums with the worst weather, with Weather.com rating it at the top of its bad weather ratings in large part thanks to its tremendous winds. One game toward the end of the 2009 season saw such strong winds that a small vortex formed, pushing the goal posts in opposite directions.

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