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What's Old is New Again

From 1866 to 1942, Stover Manufacturing was a bustling business headquartered in Freeport, Illinois. Dedicated to the manufacture of "modern" windmills, it sold its nature-powered products all over the world through the Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog.

The company enjoyed a sterling reputation. Families were proud to put up an award-winning Stover windmill. In fact, William Ford, the father of Henry Ford, took a special interest in the product at Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition in 1876. The windmill had won a number of honors, including ribbons at the Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania state fairs. William decided to purchase one for the Ford family farm. When Henry restored his boyhood home in 1919, he took care to locate a Stover windmill for the site.

Windmills from another Freeport manufacturer, Woodmanse, were also sold from the region for four decades. Indeed, wind power is a proud part of the area’s history. And now, what’s old is new again. EcoEnergy plans to site and construct the EcoGrove Wind energy facility on some of the same land where "home-grown" Stover and Windmanse windmills once dotted the landscape, again providing pollution-free power just like their "ancestors."

Fact: More wind generation per megawatt was installed worldwide in 2005 than any other type of electric generation. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that our nation’s wind energy potential is more than the total amount of energy the country consumes today.

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