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Kodiak wind turbine expected to make first spin next week

Alaska Dispatch

According to the Associated Press, the first of three recently installed wind turbines on Kodiak Island in Alaska will begin rotating next week.

The three new turbines join three more in place on Pillar Mountain overlooking the city of Kodiak. Together, the six turbines will provide the city with a new source of alternative energy.

The three turbines need to pass inspection tests, adjustments and receive a fiber optic cable connection before they start spinning. The cable will connect the turbines with Kodiak Electric Association's computer system. A battery backup system is expected to arrive in September.

Although the first rotation starts next week, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reports it will take several weeks until usable electricity is produced.