The high school is shaping up as the best site for a wind turbine, the chairman of the Committee for Renewable Energy for Barrington told the Town Council last night.
James Bride said the committee is in the process of hiring a consultant to evaluate all the proposed sites for the turbine, which would generate about 1.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year.
The committee has already met with the School Committee and a proposal for the project could come before the May Financial Town Meeting.
Barrington has been offered a $2.1-million no-interest federal loan to erect the turbine, but the town must move quickly and issue the bonds by December.
“The preeminent site location is Barrington High School,” Bride said. “We’re very excited about the project.”
He said the turbine would be similar to one installed on the grounds of Hull High School in Hull, Mass. “We think this is a win-win situation for the town.”
In a written update presented to the council, the committee said the noise produced by the turbine would be “less than the ambient sound of the wind blowing through the trees” if someone stood 300 feet from the structure.
It “will not be a hazard to wildlife,” the report says.
By C. Eugene Emery Jr.
Journal Staff Writer
5 February 2008
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