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Falmouth's both turbines down

The Enterprise| Elizabeth Saito |October 7, 2022
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The second of Falmouth’s two municipally owned wind turbines, Wind 2, was felled Wednesday morning, October 5. Wind 1 came down last Monday. This is the closing chapter to years of conflict between clean energy advocates and the turbine’s abutters, who complained about noise, light flicker and the general stress of living near the machines.


The second of Falmouth’s two municipally owned wind turbines, Wind 2, was felled Wednesday morning, October 5. Wind 1 came down last Monday. This is the closing chapter to years of conflict between clean energy advocates and the turbine’s abutters, who complained about noise, light flicker and the general stress of living near the machines.
 
To topple the 80-meter-tall turbine, the demolition company cut two holes at the base of the tower and attached a 50-ton shackle. A cable was then strung between the shackle and an excavator.
 
The cable was 125 percent longer than the height of the turbine, according to written documents provided by Atlantic Coast Dismantling. Workers then cut into the base of the turbine with a blowtorch, creating a “bird’s beak”-shaped hole with the tip of the “beak” in the planned fall direction. The excavator then pulled on the cable until the turbine fell over.
 
The turbines were installed at the wastewater treatment facility off Brick Kiln Road more than a decade ago. Wind 1 was shut down in September 2015 after ... more [truncated due to possible copyright]
     
The second of Falmouth’s two municipally owned wind turbines, Wind 2, was felled Wednesday morning, October 5. Wind 1 came down last Monday. This is the closing chapter to years of conflict between clean energy advocates and the turbine’s abutters, who complained about noise, light flicker and the general stress of living near the machines.
 
To topple the 80-meter-tall turbine, the demolition company cut two holes at the base of the tower and attached a 50-ton shackle. A cable was then strung between the shackle and an excavator.
 
The cable was 125 percent longer than the height of the turbine, according to written documents provided by Atlantic Coast Dismantling. Workers then cut into the base of the turbine with a blowtorch, creating a “bird’s beak”-shaped hole with the tip of the “beak” in the planned fall direction. The excavator then pulled on the cable until the turbine fell over.
 
The turbines were installed at the wastewater treatment facility off Brick Kiln Road more than a decade ago. Wind 1 was shut down in September 2015 after the Falmouth Zoning Board of Appeals issued a cease and desist order. Wind 2 was shut down in June 2017 after a Barnstable County Superior Court judge upheld the ZBA’s decision deeming the turbines a nuisance.
 
The town first tried to sell the turbines, but when no buyers stepped forward, it opted to demolish them. In November 2019, Town Meeting voted to transfer $2.5 million for their disposition.
 
Prior to felling, hazardous materials (lubricating oil, transformer fluid and coolant) were drained from turbines into containment tanks, according to Atlantic Coast Dismantling and the project’s engineering firm Weston & Sampson. The metal blades and towers of the turbines are being cut into smaller pieces and hauled away to a recycling facility. Other demolition debris, such as concrete and fiberglass, will be thrown out.

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