Quinnipiac University adds silent wind power

University's green campus initiative to include Mariah Power Windspire turbines that double as garden sculptures.

Mariah Power's Windspire vetical-axis turbines, which run silently, are available in custom colors to make them more pleasing to the eye. Mariah Power

Some new sculptures at Quinnipiac University will soon provide students with more than just eye candy.

The university has hired Mariah Power to install 42 of its silent Windspire wind turbines for the gardens of its York Hill campus in Hamden, Conn., which are currently under construction.

Mariah Power produces small wind turbines in the $4,000-$5,000 range for use in residential and commercial properties.

All together the 42 wind turbines for Quinnipiac should provide about 84,000 kilowatt-hours of power per year to the campus, according to a university statement.

"The Windspire provided both a distinctive look for our gardens, and a real source of clean, renewable energy....We are very conscientious about the environment, and by employing smart environmental practices like this, we can engage students in thinking about environmental responsibility, and challenge them to be a part of the solution," John L. Lahey, president of Quinnipiac University, said in a statement.

No word on whether the Windspires, which are available in custom colors, will be done in Quinnipiac blue and gold.

Mariah Power's claim to fame is that its Windspire vertical-axis wind turbines, which don't use traditional propellers to capture wind energy, are able to operate noise-free.

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