Mike Estes, a John Deere sales and support facility owner in Greensburg, Kansas, saw his entire store swept away by a massive cyclone four years ago. Though the wind destroyed his entire operation, he saw an opportunity to rebuild the town in an way that may harness the power of the destructive natural force, according to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
Estes and his family worked with John Deere and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to help build a wind turbine in the town and redesign his store so that the facility will operate on 50 percent less energy, the organization reported.
"After the disaster, all the business leaders got together and we all wanted to rebuild," Mike Estes told the NRDC. "We decided we needed to build something different, something sustainable. Leaders seemed to come out of the woodwork. We were lucky we had green in our name."
The service area of the store, which features products ranging from the massive John Deere tractors to grain combines, will now require less energy and will maximize electricity efficiency for Estes and his family, according to the NRDC.
John Deere grain combines are available in the STS and T series and feature a working width range of 22 to 30 feet, the company's website reported.