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Cleveland Indians

Wind turbine installed on top of Progressive Field

By Ron Ledgard Published: March 28, 2012
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In the Cleveland Indians players' parking lot, workers assemble a wind turbine which will be set in place high on Progressive Field's southeast corner, in Cleveland, Friday, March 23, 2012. The innovative design developed by Majid Rashidi, chairman of Cleveland State University's department of engineering technology, is a wind-deflecting structure with small-scale turbines that can generate power at low wind speeds. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

From the Associated Press

It might not help them win or hit any home runs, but the Indians have added some power.
The club began installation of an innovative wind turbine today on top of Progressive Field.

The corkscrew-shaped structure, which was designed at Cleveland State, will be operating by Opening Day on April 5. The turbine was funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Energy and state.

The Indians are the first major-league team to install a wind turbine. In 2007, the club was the first in the AL to install solar panels at its downtown ballpark.

The team hopes the turbine will cut costs, increase its use of renewable energy and potentially create new jobs in the region with the development of new technology.
The turbine is being mounted on the ballpark’s southeast corner.

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