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Dayco installs its first residential wind turbine

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BENTON CITY, Wash.--  Dayco Heating and Air put up its first residential wind turbine in the Tri-Cities area Tuesday.  They raised the 45-foot turbine on a farm in Benton City Tuesday morning.

Mike Durkee, with Dayco, says, "This application is for a farmer.  He's running a pump that basically will water all of his orchards out here for his cherries and he's got some apples."

For the past six weeks, Dayco has been doing paperwork, digging the holes, letting concrete cure, and running a few tests.  Durkee says the paperwork was harder than actually installing the turbine.  He's excited to see one go up and can't wait for a super windy day to see how much electricity it generates.

Dayco says residential wind turbines like these cost anywhere between $17,000 and $20,000, but will pay for themselves in 8 to 10 years.