HANOVER – Hanover has been awarded a grant that will help the town build its first wind turbine.
The $250,000 grant, received Thursday, is from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s Renewable Energy Trust.
The money will go toward the design and construction of a turbine that will power the town’s water treatment plant on Pond Street.
Residents approved a $92,000 wind-power study at town meeting last spring, as selectmen proposed the construction of three wind turbines to power the town’s public water wells and water treatment plant.
State Rep. Robert Nyman, D-Hanover, said construction, which will cost $492,000, is slated to be completed next fall. The work must first be approved by town meeting this spring.
‘‘As we look to the future, more and more communities are turning towards renewable energy sources,’’ Nyman said. ‘‘I am delighted the town of Hanover will be one of the areas at the forefront of wind energy.’’
More than a dozen other South Shore communities, including Braintree, Cohasset, Kingston, Marshfield, Milton, Norwell, Pembroke, Plymouth, Scituate, Quincy and Weymouth, are exploring the use of wind energy.
Hull has two turbines and wants to add at least four more.
Hanover officials hope to leap ahead of the other communities because they do not believe the town needs to study its wind patterns before building the turbines.
The town’s consultant, Sustainable Energy Developments Inc., already has wind data for Hanover, selectmen said.
The public works board, which runs the town’s water utility, has already given its support for a wind turbine at its Pond Street water treatment plant because the plant is far from homes and businesses.
By Andrew Lightman
9 November 2007
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