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Portsmouth gets grant for wind energy study

The town of Portsmouth has been awarded a $25,000 grant for a feasibility study on wind energy. The grant, from the R.I. State Energy Office, was awarded based on a solicitation issued by the state and will be used to assess the potential for the installation of wind turbines at either or both of Portsmouth High School and Middle School.

The town requested the grant for a feasibility study to develop a wind energy project on town land. The study will include site selection for an on-site wind power project in Portsmouth at one of two sites (the high school or middle school) for the first town-sponsored wind project and will collect information needed to implement this project including: (1) Available wind resource; (2) Electric loads; (3) Technical feasibility including interconnection; (4) The perception of citizens to form an outreach information plan to secure citizen support; (5) Regulatory requirements; (6) Financial feasibility; (7) The best way to secure private and/or public funding sources; (8) Identify a developer to install the wind turbine and (9) Select a wind turbine manufacturer and wind turbine model.

The study and wind turbine installation is conceived as part of advancing a broader strategic plan to develop on-land wind power for Portsmouth and for the entire Aquidneck Island. This is just the first step in determining if investment in wind energy is the right thing to do for the community, town officials said.

Richard Talipsky, chair of the Portsmouth Economic Development Committee, said: “The grant is a great... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The town requested the grant for a feasibility study to develop a wind energy project on town land. The study will include site selection for an on-site wind power project in Portsmouth at one of two sites (the high school or middle school) for the first town-sponsored wind project and will collect information needed to implement this project including: (1) Available wind resource; (2) Electric loads; (3) Technical feasibility including interconnection; (4) The perception of citizens to form an outreach information plan to secure citizen support; (5) Regulatory requirements; (6) Financial feasibility; (7) The best way to secure private and/or public funding sources; (8) Identify a developer to install the wind turbine and (9) Select a wind turbine manufacturer and wind turbine model.
 
The study and wind turbine installation is conceived as part of advancing a broader strategic plan to develop on-land wind power for Portsmouth and for the entire Aquidneck Island. This is just the first step in determining if investment in wind energy is the right thing to do for the community, town officials said.
 
Richard Talipsky, chair of the Portsmouth Economic Development Committee, said: “The grant is a great supplement to the wind energy volunteer efforts of the Portsmouth Economic Development Committee’s Sustainable Energy Subcommittee. It will give us expert information and analyses to provide the town leadership a comprehensive, informed and balanced recommendation on which to base their decision to invest further in wind turbine installations.
 
“The study will include site physical, engineering and meteorological assessments and financial models. Surveys of the community will also be a large part of the study to gain a comprehensive view of what the people think about wind power.
 
“Preliminary estimates of wind at the proposed sites and financial data indicate that the return on investment of a wind turbine could be over $80,000 per year,” he added.
 
 


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APR 24 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/2289-portsmouth-gets-grant-for-wind-energy-study
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