By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
The Activities Building at Honey Creek Resort State Park in northern Appanoose County, an example of "green" living, recently went even "greener" with the addition of an electricity-producing wind turbine.
Federal and state grants and matching funds covered the $1 million cost of the 12,000 kw wind turbine that went online in January of this year.
The turbine's electricity goes to power the Activities Building. Or else it's directed to the resort, Hannah Wiltamuth, HCRSP naturalist said Sunday, April 22.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources contracted with Iowa-based Acterra Group in September of 2011 to not only build the wind turbine, but also to construct the Desjardins Renewable Energy Project, which consists of the turbine and solar photovoltaic arrays at the resort, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center.