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Siouxland golf course 'goes green'

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DAKOTA CITY, Nebraska (KTIV) - The fairway at the Old Dane Golf Club in Dakota City, Nebraska,  isn't the only thing turning green this spring.

The golf club cut the ribbon on their renewable energy sources Wednesday afternoon.

The wind turbine and solar panels on the course will provide up to 39% of the course's energy use.

Wind and Solar Specialists, the company that installed the project, say that will save them about $3,500 a year on energy and reduce a significant amount of the course's carbon dioxide footprint.

"Those are long-term. It's tough to put a cost on something like that. But seven cars a year, 79 barrels of oil a year on just a small little system like this can go a long ways," Steve Devos, Wind and Solar Specialists said.

Golf Course officials say installing the project was a no-brainer, not just because of the money savings, but because it will help keep the environment that much cleaner.

"We really wanted to help out the environment, and being up here in the north part of the state, we catch a lot of wind, so it'll definitely help out with our business as well," Brian Bussinger, Head Golf Professional said.

Wind and Solar Specialists said the emissions they're reducing annually by having the wind turbine and solar panels is equal to the emissions of about five households, per year.

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