Massachusetts, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] The Solaya Energy Division of Lumus Construction has been awarded a contract by the Massachusetts Town of Falmouth to erect a 262-foot high wind turbine. The 1.65-megawatt (MW) wind turbine manufactured by Vestas will be located at the Falmouth Wastewater Treatment Facility. Solaya Energy will furnish, construct and install the Falmouth Wind Energy Facility 2 Turbine and all associated equipment at the site as well as commission the turbine on completion.
“At Solaya Energy, we’re firmly committed to helping municipalities like Falmouth harness natural energy resources,” said Sumul Shah, CEO of Solaya Energy. “Cape Cod is a region particularly well suited to wind power, and the Town of Falmouth has taken a strong leadership role in making renewable energy a priority.”
The turbine is expected to generate between 3.1 and 4.2 million kilowatt hours annually, approximately 30% of the Town’s municipal energy utilization. According to Heather Harper, Assistant Town Manager of Falmouth, the turbine will save Falmouth from US $175,000 to $500,000 annually depending on production.
The overall project cost is estimated at approximately $4.9 million. The turbine is funded by ARRA–Federal Stimulus and managed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection–State Revolving Fund through a 0% Loan with 100% debt forgiveness.