Art museum installs wind-powered funding

When the going gets tough, the tough get blowing. The Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, Washington, anticipates it will earn $100,000 a year by leasing part of its 5,300-acre property to a wind energy company.

Maryhill, which has an operating budget of $1.1 million annually, says it’s the nonprofit museum to pursue wind energy generation as a source of income. The 15 turbines will be built later this year and go online by the end of 2009.

The turbines will be placed so as not to obstruct the scenic views of the Columbia River or of the museum’s Beaux Arts building. Maryhill is currently closed for the season; it reopens March 15.

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2 thoughts on “Art museum installs wind-powered funding

  1. Grace

    Yeah, I think this is a great idea. (Second only to my idea that every billionaire should have to pick pet projects to underwrite, like setting up comprehensive public transit in their city or adopting their local newspaper to keep it alive.)