Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 17, 2013

Mich. township to dismantle wind turbines

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — GENOA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A southeastern Michigan township is following the sun — but doing away with wind as a source to generate energy.

WHMI-FM reports that the Genoa Township Board voted Monday night to dismantle the wind turbines on township hall property. Officials say they have had difficulty finding replacement parts since the turbines' manufacturer went through bankruptcy, and one of the turbines disintegrated on a windy day.

Township Manager Mike Archinal says the turbines were a test project and helped boost knowledge and awareness about renewable energy. But the township's solar panels have been producing far more energy than the turbines.

The turbines are expected to come down in the next few weeks.

The Livingston County township received a $94,000 grant in 2010 to install the panels and turbines.