Fort Hays State begins installing wind turbines

Wind Farm (KSN File Photo)
Wind Farm (KSN File Photo)

HAYS, Kansas (AP) – Fort Hays State University could be generating electricity from wind turbines in the next few weeks.

After more than six years of planning and a price tag $9 million, work crews are installing two 400-foot wind turbines at the university in Hays.

Crews began installing the first turbine last week. Fort Hays President Edward Hammond says the turbines should be operational by Aug. 1.

Hammond estimated the project will save the university $600,000 the first year, and as much as $700,000 to $900,000 in subsequent years. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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