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Plan Commission Approves MATC Wind Turbine

The 47-foot high structure will be built at MATC's Oak Creek campus, pending approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Oak Creek Plan Commission on Tuesday gave Milwaukee Area Technical College the go-ahead to build a 47-foot wind turbine at its , 6665 S. Howell Ave.

The turbine in the school's Energy Conservation and Advanced Manufacturing curriculum. It is much smaller than turbines typically seen at wind farms, where they can stretch more than 100 feet high. Officials said this turbine likely won't be seen outside the campus.

Because of its proximity to the airport, the turbine could not be more than 50 feet high and needs approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Also on Tuesday, the commission delayed action on , at the company's request. It could come back to the commission as early as July 10.

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