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Town undertakes new wind generation program

June 30, 2011

Photo By Anthony aRusso

The MET Tower will collect wind data for one year, March 2011 – March 2012, at Ninigret Park. The tower assesses wind direction and velocity at three different altitudes.

CHARLESTOWN – The Town Council held a public workshop on Thursday, June 23 at Ninigret Park to provide residents with information about the town’s Wind Generation Ordinance. Town Council President Thomas Gentz was on hand to give an update on the project and introduce two other speakers.

While not too many people showed up because of the rainy weather, Gentz said that those who did come acquired some new knowledge about the ordinance.

“We had about 12 citizens there,” he said, “and they asked a lot of good questions and they learned a lot.”

The first speaker at the workshop was Chris Kearns of Alteris Renewables, Inc., the company that built the MET (meteorological) Tower currently standing in the park. He spoke about the installation process, the devices on the tower and the tower’s future.

The MET Tower will collect wind data for one year, March 2011 – March 2012, at Ninigret Park. The tower assesses wind direction and velocity at three different altitudes. With all the data collected over one year, the town will be able to determine approximately what to expect from the proposed wind generators.

For more information pick up a copy of The Chariho Times.

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