Johnson refurbished the wind turbine, which came from Denmark. He says it was built in the 1980's and worked up until the day it was deconstructed. Johnson says he upgraded the computer system for the turbine to ensure it was up to speed for modern function. But the setbacks were something he never predicted, and he says he expected the turbine would have been running two years ago.
He adds while he knows the delays are frustrating for the school, he has a vested interest in seeing the turbine succeed.
"It's costing me money, it's not only frustrating. The school gets frustrated but I put a lot of money into it. More than that it's a point of pride. I want it to work and do what it's supposed to do.
In a few weeks Johnson says crews will do testing on the turbine to make sure it will make that May 1 goal.
The school does not pay any money for the turbine right now. However, once it is running, it must pay $10,000 a year for 10 years. That's still half what it pays a year for its electricity bill.