“Tharr She Blows!” – Mike Hoffman Speaks on Wind Turbines in Kendall County

Article in the Ledger-Sentinel | By Matt Schury

Kendall County Planning Consortium met last Thursday and heard how wind turbines are installed and regulated in unincorporated areas of the county.  Speaking to the group were Mike Hoffman, vice president of Teska and Associates who is the county’s planning consultant, and Mark Sullivan, managing partner with Sullivan Energy Group.

Sullivan’s company recently installed the first vertical axis wind turbine in Illinois. Hoffman contended that the turbines are still in the beginning stage of being used at residential homes. However, with a $40,000 average price tag and a 10 to 15 year payback it will still take a few years for the technology to get off the ground.

“I don’t expect to see a bazillion of these popping up all over the place but I do expect to see kind of a gradual increase on it,” Hoffman said.  Click here to view the full article and read more about the stipulations the county puts on the devices like Sullivan’s turbine.