The residential wind turbine is one of several renewable initiatives featured at the $6 million Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative’s Seguin office complex, which just opened May 19.
The two-story, 24,000-square-foot facility includes solar panels that offset water-heating needs and a rainwater collection system with two 4,800-gallon tanks that also catch condensation from the air-conditioning system to irrigate the landscaping.
Darren Schauer, general manager and CEO, said growth and concern for the environment prompted the design of the unique complex.
“It’s a way for us to learn what these technologies can do so we can share that information with our members,” Schauer said. “We don’t want to be a utility beholden to old, traditional ways. We want to be one out there working with members, trying to be innovative and find new and better ways to meet their needs as far as energy needs.”
After the failures of the Lege to move the ball forward on renewable energy, I figure every little bit helps.