The wind at Plymouth South High School blows hard enough to power more than just the high school, and town officials want to cash in on the resource.
The energy committee has received a $100,000 grant to install a monitoring tower at the high school to collect wind data.
The results of the yearlong study will be used to determine how much power can be generated. Further engineering studies will be necessary to determine where and how many wind turbines should be on the site.
Preliminary studies indicate it could accommodate up to four utility-sized turbines, such as those used in Hull and at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Energy committee Chairman Brian Kuhn told school committee members Monday night that it would be at least three years before permanent wind turbines are in place, given permitting procedures and the manufacturing backlog.
But the monitoring turbine could be up in a few weeks, he said. About half an acre would be cleared near the high school to accommodate the 150-foot tower.
The tower would be anchored by four sets of guy wires. It would be similar to one at the Plymouth County Farm off Route 3.
That tower collects wind data for a possible turbine at the sheriff’s department to help power the jail on Long Pond Road.
By Tamara Race
4 March 2008
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