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Harwich courts Cape Wind

Cape Wind, said Monday that a decision regarding where to establish the operations base would be made "in the next few months." The main competition for the Harwich Port facility consists of several sites in the Falmouth harbor area, Rogers added. The town has sent a letter of support.

HARWICH - Officials at Cape Wind are considering establishing a "long term" support office at Saquatucket Harbor that may include up to 50 employees and several large maintenance boats.

Cape Wind's 130-wind turbine project has completed the permitting process and construction could start as soon as 2012 although it still must resolve nearly a dozen lawsuits filed in opposition.

Mark Rogers, communication director for Cape Wind, said Monday that a decision regarding where to establish the operations base would be made "in the next few months."

The main competition for the Harwich Port facility consists of several sites in the Falmouth harbor area, Rogers added.

The town has sent a letter of support to help lure Cape Wind to the community.

The target building for Cape Wind is the ground floor of the Back Office Associates building, located across the street from Saquatucket.

"We've been looking at Harwich Port for a while," noted Rogers. "They certainly have been proactive in reaching out to us."

There would be advantages to setting up near Saquatucket.

"You get out of the harbor pretty quickly. You can get up to full speed to reach the [turbine] site sooner."

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HARWICH - Officials at Cape Wind are considering establishing a "long term" support office at Saquatucket Harbor that may include up to 50 employees and several large maintenance boats.

Cape Wind's 130-wind turbine project has completed the permitting process and construction could start as soon as 2012 although it still must resolve nearly a dozen lawsuits filed in opposition.

Mark Rogers, communication director for Cape Wind, said Monday that a decision regarding where to establish the operations base would be made "in the next few months."

The main competition for the Harwich Port facility consists of several sites in the Falmouth harbor area, Rogers added.

The town has sent a letter of support to help lure Cape Wind to the community.

The target building for Cape Wind is the ground floor of the Back Office Associates building, located across the street from Saquatucket.

"We've been looking at Harwich Port for a while," noted Rogers. "They certainly have been proactive in reaching out to us."

There would be advantages to setting up near Saquatucket.

"You get out of the harbor pretty quickly. You can get up to full speed to reach the [turbine] site sooner."

The Falmouth harbor has a good sized no-wake zone requiring boats to drive at a maximum of five mph.

But he also added, "I think (Harwich) is a little bit farther away" by water.

Rogers also said that Cape Wind liked the fact that "the particular (Harwich Port) building we've looked at is right across the street from harbor."

Selectmen Larry Ballantine, who has been working on this issue behind the scenes, was optimistic that Harwich stood a chance.

"We're excited - this would bring a major employer to the area," he said.

"They say we are farther from the bridge then Falmouth but I know it takes longer to get there than here from the bridge for most of the year," he said with a smile.

Ballantine added that real estate costs could be lower in Harwich Port, which is "a big plus."


Source: http://www.wickedlocal.com/...

FEB 2 2011
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