New turbine in Portsmouth ready for use

PORTSMOUTH, RI (WPRI) – Portsmouth’s new wind turbine is waiting for its final seal of approval before it can begin turning into electricity. National Grid just has to give the green light to turn on the generator.

Last year, Portsmouth signed a contract with Wind Energy Development of North Kingstown, RI. This is to replace the old turbine that was built in 2009, that one only lasted for three years. It stood on the property of Portsmouth High School until it was scrapped in January of this year.

The new turbine is expected to last 25 years.

According to Michael Heinmeyer, the project manager, the town will have better luck with the new model. “Our technology is totally different,” explained Heinmeyer. “We have a so-called direct drive which means the rotor is connected to the generator itself.”

National Grid is expected to approve the turbine and turn on the generator by the end of next week.

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