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Easy, breezy energy helps power Union Springs farm

A Union Springs farm will soon be harvesting more than just crops.

DuMond Farms is the site of a new vertical wind turbine installed this week, which will harness energy from the slightest breeze to powerful hurricane-force gales, converting it into electricity. More typical turbines look like windmills, but this one has panels that harness the energy and spin like a top, said Doug Hirsh, president of Prosto Wind Power.

Hirsh, of Skaneateles, brought the technology over from Poland, and he said this turbine is the first of its kind in the United States. He described the structure like piecing together Legos. Each stack is about 10 kilowatts of power, and DuMond Farms is starting with four stacks.

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