Construction is underway at Central Community College-Hastings on a 432-foot, $4 million, 1.7 megawatt commercial-scale wind turbine. The project is a public-private partnership between the city of Hastings, CCC-Hastings and Bluestem Energy Solutions. Some 400-yards of concrete will be laid for the foundation and the turbine will be assembled in December. If the project stays on schedule, the turbine should be operational by January 1, 2017. The turbine will be directly connected into the sub-transmission system of Hastings Utilities and all of the electricity produced at CCC-Hastings will be used locally. An agreement with Bluestem will allow CCC access to the turbine for instructional and training purposes for the wind technology program.