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Convenience store uses unique source of power

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By: Kayla Bremer 

If you've been on 84th Street near Leighton on the east side of town the last few months, you've seen the EZ GO convenience store coming together.

The unique design and bright colors make it hard to miss, but the one thing that stands out maybe even more than gas prices, are what's on top of the building. Wind turbines that help power the store.

"It's going to be a fairly small percentage of what we use, but again, it helps a little bit plus we like the look," Company President Carey Johnson said.

Johnson says the two wind turbines don't run anything specific in the store like refrigeration or the gas pumps, but that it helps offset energy costs.

They come with a price tag though, around $20,000 for the pair.

The Oklahoma based company has only five stores with wind turbines in the country, two of them being right here in Lincoln.

"It's amazing," Store Manager Beth French said.  "I have people coming in now, even before we were open asking, 'are you guys open yet?' because they've watched us from the ground up just curious to see what we are."

EZ GO opened it's first store in Lincoln at 25th and O Streets a few months ago and as of now, the new location is officially open for business.

By complete coincidence, the new store's official location is 84th and Windmill Drive.

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