U.S. Navy Gets Wind Power for Cuba Base

Massachusetts-based energy development company Noresco has a new wind energy project to its portfolio. The company recently completed and debuted a four-turbine energy station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba that was built for the U.S. Department of the Navy (DON).

Each turbine is rated for 950 kW of installed capacity, and together they should supply enough electricity for about 25 percent of the peak power needed to operate the base. In years of typical weather, the wind turbines should produce almost 8 million kWh of electricity. “While this is just one of many collaborations we’ve had with the Navy, this has been one of the most significant renewable energy initiatives that shows how partnerships can make a project of this scale possible,” said Neil Petchers, vice president, Noresco. Construction of the wind energy project began in July 2004 and cost nearly $12 million. The project is part of an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) between the Navy and Noresco. These energy contracts allow the Navy to achieve federal energy saving requirements by using public sector financing to improve energy efficiency. And they further the goals of the United States to be less dependent on foreign oil imports, to be good stewards of the environment, and to be in the forefront of developing and using renewable energy technology. The Guantanamo wind energy project should save taxpayers $1.2 million in annual energy costs, and it should reduce the consumption of 650,000 gallons of diesel fuel. Annually is should also reduce air pollution by 26 tons of sulfur dioxide, 15 tons of nitrous oxide and 13 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

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