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Wind Power Supplements 148th Fighter Wing

DULUTH, Minn -- In an effort to become more energy conscious the 148th Fighter Wing has installed wind turbines on their installation The 148th utilizes Honeywell WT6500 Wind Turbines that use a new inverter technology that converts direct current to alternating current Currently, there are five wind turbines that measure 6 feet in diameter installed on top of the cold storage building to supply the installation with supplement power

The 148th is one of the first Air National Guard units to use this type of wind inverter technology to supplement their electrical usage The wind turbines became operational two weeks ago and can produce up to 15 kilowatts per generator based on a 30 mile per hour wind

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The 148th will be used as a testing unit for both the Air National Guard and the manufacturer to see what the benefits and long term pay back will be

In addition to wind power, the 148th has implemented other energy saving alternatives Those ways include; lighting upgrades, digital control thermostats set on timers that drop the temperature in the room during non-duty hours and solar water heat

The 148th set a goal back in 2003 to reduce energy consumption by 30% before 2013 As of now, the installation is over 90% of the way to realizing that goal "Reducing energy costs is both an Air National Guard and 148th goal, it is important that we do our part to reduce energy consumption We need to utilize natural resources where we can," said 2nd Lt Joe Solberg, Deputy Base Civil Engineer

by Master Sgt Ralph Kapustka
148th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
4/21/2011 

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Posted: 2018-02-02  10:45 PM
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Posted: 2018-01-18  12:59 PM
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Posted: 2017-12-13  10:11 AM
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Headquartered in Minnesota, the division has been commanded almost-exclusively by members of the Minnesota National Guard since 1968.

"Typically there's been very few people who have been allowed to command the 34th Infantry Division that didn't come from the state of Minnesota," Corell said.



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Posted: 2017-12-12  11:29 AM
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The St. Paul-based unit hosted its annual aviation brigade ball Dec. 9, at the Envision Event Center in Oakdale, Minnesota, where the unit's new logo was unveiled.

Soldiers of the 34th ECAB, which falls under and supports the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, will continue to wear the Red Bull insignia on their uniforms. However, they will now be known and referred to as the Red Devils, a name that pays homage to the division's historical accomplishments and fierce warfighting.



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