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New wind turbine ready for production thanks to Hoo Haven

Steve Herdklotz (left) and Tadd Scarpelli with wind turbines in background. Steve Herdklotz (left) and Tadd Scarpelli with wind turbines in background.
Wind Turbine on eagle barn. Wind Turbine on eagle barn.
Heat lamp and heated bowl in owl cage, one of dozens on the property. Heat lamp and heated bowl in owl cage, one of dozens on the property.

By: Rebecca Klopf

DURAND (WREX) - One company manufactures a better wind turbine thanks to some help from Hoo Haven. The wildlife center may be known for rescuing animals, but what people may not realize it costs a lot of money to operate especially in electric bills.

"They can run anywhere from $450 a month to $600, $700 a month between all the heat bowls, heat lamps and the lighting and energy costs of heating different areas," says Steve Herdklotz, Hoo Haven's Co-Founder and Business Director.

That's what sent Herdklotz searching for a wind turbine. He found AVA Power, a Round Lake, Illinois company, which needed someone to test its product.

"The design was supposed to be efficient, small and light weight that I could put on my house and my village ordinance wouldn't go crazy over it. Found nothing on the market so started off as a hobby. After year of development came up with this design," says Tadd Scarpelli, President of AVA Power.

The turbine is about 4 and a half feet tall and less than 100 pounds. Last fall, Hoo Haven put one on its eagle barn and a second on a lift that moves around the property. So far, it's paying off.

"We're probably saving anywhere between $60 to $90, I'm guessing, a month on the electric bill," says Herdklotz.

But AVA's president Wants to help Hoo Haven lower its bills even further. It will install a more powerful turbine in the spring and start testing other products that combine solar and wind energy.

"AVA Power plans to go forward with Hoo Haven for quite some time," says Scarpelli.

An AVA wind turbine costs around $6,500. Right now, two are on loan to Hoo Haven but AVA's president says they will eventually be donated to the wild life rescue operation. AVA Power starts manufacturing its wind turbine blades this week.

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