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BY JAY F. MARKS Modified: October 13, 2009 at 12:34 am •  Published: October 13, 2009

/> "The gift to the state will pay dividends for many years to come in terms of cost savings and environmental efficiencies,” Henry said in a news release.

The turbine has a role in a larger effort by the Department of Central Services to make state buildings more energy efficient, Director John Richard said.

"Our overriding goal in all of our ‘greening’ projects is to the save the state money and make it more environmentally friendly in the process,” Richard said. "It is also exciting to showcase Oklahoma environmental technologies in these efforts.”

The agency is installing low-flow toilets, replacing fluorescent light tubes with more efficient ones and removing unnecessary lighting in common areas.

The state also is overhauling a Department of Human Services building at 50 NE 23 with geothermal heating and cooling, solar panels and upgraded windows and insulation.