When the City of Bayonne announced plans to erect a 260-foot wind turbine at the Oak Street Pumping Station, some residents expressed concerns about the giant windmill's proximity to houses.
Though residents were worried about the amount of noise the turbine would make, those fears have proven unfounded so far. That's because the massive propeller still stands stationary -- and silent. However, city officials say the turbine should be operational soon.
The turbine was assembled in late January. At the time, officials estimated it would be operational by March, but the blades still aren't spinning.
Steve Gallo, executive director of the BMUA, said while the turbine itself was finished in January, the connection that would actually allow the turbine to supply the pumping station with power has not been completed.
"You can't have it spinning and generating electricity if there's nowhere for the electricity to go," Gallo said.
Gallo said the remaining necessary parts for the machine were ordered on May 7. He estimated the turbine would be operational by the end of the month.
Located at the Bayonne Municipal Utility Authority's Oak Street Pumping station, the turbine is predicted to produce 3.3 gigawatt hours of electricity a year, enough to power 600 single-family homes for the year, officials said at the time of the turbine's unveiling.
Comprised of a roughly 260-foot tower and a 1.5 megawatt center piece, the turbine will be used to assist in powering the both the city's Oak Street and Fifth Street pumping stations.