Hanover wind turbine is operational

07th November 2013  To: 07th November 2013

Hanover — More than two and a half years after town officials had planned to see it up and running, the Hanover wind turbine is “more or less” operational, Town Manager Troy Clarkson has reportedly said.

Clarkson said the turbine “has been operational with some regularity. It has been running for a couple of weeks.”

This is a major milestone in a project that has been beset by problems which have set the town at odds with the company it hired to assemble the structure.

The turbine, located at the town’s water-treatment plant off Route 53, was supposed to be operational by February 2011.

While the turbine went up in the summer of 2012, issues soon arose over getting its mechanics to function properly. Town officials attempted to fire Lumus from the project before being advised against it by bond counsel. The town then hired Aeronautica Wind power, a Plymouth company, to act as a consultant overseeing Lumus’ work.

“We continue to assess liquidated damages each and every day. I think we owe that to the taxpayers who paid for this project,” Clarkson said.

Town Meeting in 2008 approved $500,000 for a wind turbine capable of producing power to run the water treatment plant on Pond Street, and another $500,000 a year later when the size of the turbine was increased. The town subsequently procured state grant funding to offset over half that cost. Lumus was the lower bidder on the project at roughly $790,000.



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