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Renewable energy comes to Antarctica: New wind farm to help power U.S. and New Zealand antarctic stations

Wind turbines on Crater Hill between McMurdo Station and Scott Base.

Wind turbines on Crater Hill between McMurdo Station and Scott Base.

January 22, 2010

On 16 January 2010, U.S. and New Zealand officials held an opening ceremony for a three-turbine wind farm on Ross Island.  Engineers estimate that the wind farm will cut fuel consumption at McMurdo Station and Scott Base by about 240,000 gallons every year.

To learn more about the new wind farm, read Winding up: New wind farm to help power U.S., New Zealand research stations in Antarctica and Wind power: USAP, New Zealand team up on alternative energy project in the Antarctic Sun, the U.S. Antarctic Program's online magazine. . . .

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