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Wind turbine on salvage-yard property will be a Cleveland first
Wind whipping through Pearl Road Auto Parts makes it a natural
by WKSU's KAREN SCHAEFER


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Jon Kaplan says the property for his family business, Pearl Road Auto Parts, is perfect for a wind turbine.
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An old-tech, family business is the first in Cleveland to adopt new-tech energy. Pearl Road Autoparts is installing a 140-foot wind turbine on its nearly five-acre salvage yard along Interstate 480. The three-hundred thousand dollar turbine will supply an estimated 120 kilowatts of electricity a year, more than enough to run the business. Pearl Road owner Jon Kaplan says the turbine's been part of his vision for nearly 20 years, and the salvage yard property is perfect for the project. "It's so windy on our property, when you go outside you'll notice that the trees are bent over from the wind." Kaplan says junk yards " by definition " have a long history or recycling that helps the environment. The Ohio Department of Development is paying half the cost of the turbine.
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Kaplan says junk yards " by definition " have a long history or recycling that helps the environment.
The Ohio Department of Development is paying half the cost of the turbine.
 

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