Rhode Island starts up new wind installation

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 @ 06:11 AM
posted by rene5432

Rhode Island continues to increase its investment in renewable electricity with the inauguration of a wind project at Fishermen's Memorial State Park and Campground in Narragansett, according to the Narragansett Patch.

At 117 feet tall, the new wind turbine boasts a capacity of 100 kilowatts. The turbine is expected to produce around one-half of all the electricity for the entire campground, more than 150,000 kilowatt-hours over the course of the year.

Just since its final installation in October, the turbine has produced nearly 12,000 kilowatt-hour, easily on pace to hit its target.

"This is a great day for the tens of thousands of visitors that recreate at Fishermen’s Memorial and for Rhode Island taxpayers," the state's attorney general, Peter Kilmartin, told the crowd. "This wind turbine takes advantage of the strong winds along our coast, reduces emissions from traditional energy sources and saves taxpayer dollars by reducing costs."

A smaller turbine has already been installed at Salty Brine State Beach and another is being installed at East Matunuck State Beach.

Inside Climate News reports that Deepwater Wind has suggested building a 30-megawatt offshore wind installation near Rhode Island with the support of a proposed wind tax credit.

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