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Turkey Point wind turbine power enough to make 6 million gallons of ice cream annually

Two Turkey Point wind turbines in Lancaster County, Pa., tower above boaters in the Susquehanna River downstream from Wrightsville and Columbia. The turbines are expected to be operating by spring. Also of interest: Vermont windmill: ‘That turbine was built at the S. Morgan Smith company, right here in York’ and Dempwolf windmill graced north bank of York’s Codorus Creek in 1870s and For decades, York countians have worked to harness windpower.

The skyline along the Susquehanna River south of the Columbia and Wrightsville bridges has changed.
Two turbines will soon convert the wind into electricity – enough electricity to make 6 million gallons of Turkey Hill ice cream a year.
A sign of the times as the quest for renewable energy runs against one of the most beautiful scenes in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Here’s the lead-in to a longer York Daily Record/Sunday News piece (10/3/10) on the towering turbines:

The two wind turbines standing on the horizon across the Susquehanna River have created plenty of conversation among visitors to Shank’s Mare Outfitters in the Long Level area of Lower Windsor Township.
Most people want to know when they were constructed, store employee Jonathan Darby said, noting that they went up within the past few weeks. They’ll be operational by spring, according to PPL Renewable Energy, which designed and built the turbines.
The turbines were installed at Frey Farm Landfill at Turkey Point, which is owned by the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, PPL said. Turkey Hill Dairy plans to buy the turbines’ power, using it to account for 25 percent of its electricity needs, “enough power to produce 6 million gallons of ice cream each year,” according to PPL.
The turbines are practically impossible to miss for people living, working, boating, fishing and barbecuing along the Susquehanna River in the Long Level area. We caught up with some of them Sunday to hear what they think of the additions to the landscape.

To read the entire story, visit: Wind turbines across Susquehanna River draw kudos, criticism
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