During the week of December 5th, the Town’s contractor completed major construction and vertical assembly of its 100 kW Northern Power 100 wind turbine at the Town’s Hydrogen station where pressurized Hydrogen is produced and stored for use in a fleet of fuel cell vehicles maintained by the Town. Construction began in earnest in early November with the installation of the turbine foundation, which consisted of a 16 ft mono-pile of reinforced concrete mounted below ground in a corrugated metal pipe. After the main concrete pour and successful break tests after a 28-day curing period, the wind turbine was delivered to the site in sections and despite some inclement weather, the unit was assembled over the course of three days. When the project is commissioned and interconnected, the wind turbine will provide more than 100% of the power necessary to run the Town’s Hydrogen fueling station and even sell some power back to the grid, resulting in an operating vehicle fleet powered by the wind.
The Town is looking forward to finishing construction on its next round of infrastructure projects, including solar carports and a Ground-Source Heat Pump system for the Department of Conservation and Waterways headquarters.