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HIAWATHA, KS (2010-3-1) The City of Hiawatha Kansas is moving ahead with purchasing a wind generator to save on electrical costs.
A study is being done to determine costs and feasibility of having a wind turbine at the Fisher Center in Hiawatha. The initial cost for the unit is $5,000, with ongoing costs with subcontractor Honeywell. That company will be applying for a 25% rebate for the renewable energy program through the State. Hiawatha City administrator Lynn Ladner predicts the City could cut its energy costs by a quarter each year. The City has also given the green light to "TAP" into another project: Maple Syrup. It's given permission to Doug Grimm to tap some of the maple trees along Miami Street in Hiawatha to determine the sugar content. The higher the sugar the move valuable oregon trail maple's are. He told the commission tapping the trees would not hurt them.
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