Lakota Tribe's KILI Plans To Use Wind Power
April 24, 2012 at 4:11 AM (PT)
LAKOTA COMMUNICATIONS noncommercial Variety KILI/PORCUPINE, SD plans to fire up this SUMMER the wind turbine the station, operated by the LAKOTA tribe and located on the PINE RIDGE RESERVATION, intended to power the facility when it installed the turbine in 2008, reports the RAPID CITY JOURNAL.
The turbine's brakes and control panel did not work and the gearbox broke before the turbine could be put into operation, co-manager TOM CASEY told the paper.
The turbine, which the station hopes will be operational by the end of the SUMMER, is designed to generate 65 kw of electricity, which project operator HONOR THE EARTH hoped would provide all the station's power needs but turned out to cover 40% of the power needed; the station's monthly power bill has nearly doubled to $2,500 since 2008 while HONOR THE EARTH and the company that supplied the original turbine, MATNEY-FRANTZ ENGINEERING, have been working out a dispute over the broken equipment.