Kenston School District’s wind turbine at Kenston High School was struck by lightning June 23 at about 6 a.m.  The turbine’s revenue meter and transformer were shut down with the strike. A member of the school district’s maintenance department was present when the lightning struck the turbine, according to reports.

The lightning apparently overrode the lightning rod system, Kenston Board of Education member James Jimison said.

As of this week, an investigation continued and officials plan to file an insurance claim. The wind turbine is not operational at this time, said Katy McGrath, head of school district community relations. The plan for fixing it is also in works.

The 213-foot high tower and three blades, each 85 feet long, were installed in 2012. The turbine is located near the high school football stadium.

It has generated 1.9 million kilowatts of power, offsetting the high school electric bill by $209,000 since it was installed.

The U.S.-made turbine cost $1,791,345 with $1,455,500 being paid by federal grant funds. Generation starts at approximately 7 mph and reaches a maximum generation at 26 mph of 750 KW.


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