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Combined Energy Savings of $200,000 Per Year Achieved in Greensburg, Kansas

An aerial shot of the destroyed town of Greensburg after the tornado struck.

After a devastating tornado struck Greensburg, Kansas, in May 2007, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) technical experts began working with city leaders, business owners, and residents to identify ways to incorporate clean energy technologies into new buildings. Greensburg is now a model green community completely powered by a 12.5 megawatt (MW) wind farm and surrounded by the highest per-capita concentration of LEED-certified buildings in the United States—13 of which are saving $200,000 in energy costs annually. The 12.5 MW wind farm supplies enough power for every house, business, and municipal building in Greensburg.

The town showcases energy-saving best practices that can be replicated not only in other communities recovering from disaster, but any location focused on sustainability.

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