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NK Turbine Undergoing Final Commissioning

North Kingstown's 413-foot turbine is almost fully operational.

 

This past weekend, North Kingstown's 413-foot wind turbine underwent its final commissioning and is now fully operational. 

The turbine was erected this past October and, since then, has been in a test mode for the past few months as crews monitor it. According to Mark DePasquale, owner of the turbine and its developer (Wind Energy Development LLC in North Kingstown), the turbine was monitored for 200 hours check its power curve (i.e. how much power it's generating) and to "break it in." Now, the 200 hours are up and the turbine is expected to start generating power.

"If it's not running, it's because there's not enough wind in the area," said DePasquale, who added he is extremely happy with the project thus far.

The wind turbine is a 413-foot, 1.5-megawatt Goldwind turbine that sits in DePasquale's backyard in his subdivision – North Kingstown Green – just off Ten Rod Road and adjacent to Wickford Junction.

In the past two months, DePasquale said there has not been any flicker or noise inside the development. 

"At 2 a.m., you can still hear the traffic on Route 4 and not the turbine," said DePasquale.

According to DePasquale, the turbine is expected to generate approximately three million kilowatt hours each year. Per a 15-year power purchase agreement with National Grid, DePasquale will receive 13.35 cents per kilowatt hour generated by the turbine as the Grid buys back the power. The North Kingstown Green turbine is the first project online with the new energy buy-back program with National Grid following new legislation on net metering.

Resident of NKG December 19, 2012 at 09:35 PM
I live in NKG - he can keep my $150 "hush" money - that turbine is excessive and doesn't belong in the area. My heart skips a beat every time I drive in (and not in a good way). I have been stressed since it started and feel as though I was duped by Mark since he never mentioned the enormity or the noise or the property value loss. This thing has already caused me anxiety and I can't see a way out at this point in time. I hope he feels really proud of himself for doing this to people who trusted him...how could you ?
Scott Madison December 19, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Always makes me laugh when the greenie tree huggers get behind a developer because they think he is doing something for the "greater good" and they believe in their hardship & sacrifice for the "greater good." Then years down the line they learn they were screwed over and all the developer was in it for was profit. WHY DO YOU THINK DEPASQUALE DID THIS? FOR MOTHER EARTH? Wake up....my god please wake up.
Resident of NKG December 19, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Dear Resident of NKG. Don't get yourself sick over this - the majority of the residents feel the same way but for some reason they are just afraid to tell him. He knows he did the wrong thing by the people his ego won't allow him to change course but in the end if we all stand together he will get the message. He thinks that thing has proponents but he will soon find out that you can't get ahead at the expense of good honest people. Just try not to let this make you sick although I understand your difficulty. More press will follow -
Politics Sheriff of NK February 26, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Update - Just some info I ran across today: Wind Turbine -Firefighter life safety considerations The obvious challenge facing firefighters is the height involved if a fire occurs in the turbine motor. Towers can extend 300 to 400 feet above ground. However, due to the risk of falling fire debris over a wide area, approaching a burning turbine is usually not an option unless there is a life risk involved. If the turbine is turning, power is being generated and an electrocution hazard will be present. Typically, a good option for firefighters to consider is to evacuate any endangered areas, set up a collapse zone, and attempt to control any ground fires to prevent the fire from spreading to other units. In the case of a runaway or over-speed event, rotating turbines can throw debris thousands of feet away during a blade failure. Pieces of blades have been documented as traveling over 4,200 feet. Distance and time will fix this problem. Pre-incident planning and SOP development are keys to success for safely handling this unique danger. http://www.firerescue1.com/fire-attack/articles/1306390-3-wind-turbine-failures-firefighters-must-know/ http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/26/cape-cod-community-considers-taking-down-wind-turbines-after-illness-noise/?test=latestnews
Scott Madison February 26, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Well Documented and ignored by town officials and residents. I am glad the town has a fire plan for the 400+ foot turbine...oh wait, it doesn't. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=p5KvJjI21i0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rkGXoE3RFZ8 ".. little can be done from a traditional fire-fighting perspective. In one of many examples, as recently as November 2010 in Australia the 3rd wind turbine fire in Southern Australia in 4 years when firefighters arrived on scene there was little to they could but watch the blaze from over 1600 feet away, as the situation was deemed too dangerous to approach. “There was not a damn thing you could do about it,” said firefighter Greg Crawford of the turbine fire. Firefighters were told to retreat a further 500 meters (1640 feet) away from the fire, as the blades continued to spin. “There were tips of the blades flying some distance,” said Mr. Crawford. “You could go no closer than a kilometer away.” Water cannot be used to extinguish the cause of a wind turbine fire, as the turbine’s hub contains a large electrical network and from ground to blade tip. Wing turbine blade tips can spin at over 150 mph." Oh yeah, and the Falmouth, MA turbines saga...yeah, they are about to be voted on to be removed and scrapped due to illness, sleep deprivation, headaches, and noise.

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