Epic to use federal tax credits for wind turbines

Taking advantage of federal tax credits and its own capital, Epic Systems will build six commercial wind turbines along Highway 12 northwest of Madison, according to a report in the Wisconsin State Journal.

The structures, which would be Dane County’s first commercial group of wind turbines, would have three, 135-foot blades spinning atop a 262-foot tower. They would rise high enough above the rolling hills along Hwy. 12 to be visible from downtown Madison.

The turbines would not be a profit center for Epic, but they would help the medical software developer offset most of the energy needs of its Verona campus.

Bruce Richards, director of facilities and engineering for Epic, said the company’s plans were put together over the past four weeks to take advantage of federal tax credits that expire on Dec. 31.

Richards did not reveal the cost of the project.