WESLACO, Texas — H.E. Butt Grocery Co., San Antonio, and Wind Energy Corp., Elizabethtown, Ky., this week celebrated the successful installation of a vertical-axis wind turbine at an H-E-B retail support center here. The turbine, which is installed adjacent to the facility, is now functional, generating electricity and operating at windspeeds as low as 4 miles per hour. “H-E-B is thrilled to be a part of this landmark achievement in the development of energy solutions,” said Shelley Parks, director of South Texas public affairs for H-E-B, in a statement. “At the outset, we have looked at this research and development partnership as a unique opportunity for us to conduct our business in a responsible and sustainable way while contributing to the development of a revolutionary energy solution. Today validates our initial investment, and we look forward to continuing to work with Wind Energy Corporation to understand viable alternative energy solutions.” The partnership was announced in February and consists of an 18- to 24-month wind resource research project at the Weslaco site. The turbine is located atop a 100-foot tower and is flanked by two 195-foot-tall meteorological towers, which were installed in March and have been collecting high-resolution wind data for the past six months.
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