FAIRFIELD – Anheuser-Busch could get a twin for the electricity-generating wind turbine near its brewery.
Foundation Windpower has filed an application with Fairfield to build a turbine with a 213-foot-tall tower. The turbine would be 340 feet tall from the ground to the top of an upturned blade.
The project would produce 3,500 megawatt hours of electricity in an average year, enough to power 305 homes. Like the existing turbine, it is to be painted white, the application said.
Foundation Windpower erected the first wind turbine in late 2011, with a 20-year agreement to sell electricity to the brewery.
This initial turbine is proof that the proposed second turbine will be neither a nuisance or danger, the application said. It will help the brewery save on electricity costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it said.
The existing turbine on a windy day can produce up to 30 percent of the brewery’s power, plant General Manager Kevin Finger said. Anheuser-Busch wants to construct a second turbine because the existing one has done incredibly well, he said.
If the city grants its approval, the brewery would like to construct the foundation for the turbine before the end of the year, Finger said. It would like to construct the turbine itself during the first three months of 2014, depending on the weather, he said.
The application for the second turbine will at some point go to the Fairfield Planning Commission.
Anheuser-Busch’s Fairfield brewery also has 6,500 solar panels covering about 6.5 acres and uses methane from its brewing wastewater to reduce natural gas usage. Sunwater Solar earlier this year filed an application with Fairfield to build a solar water heating system at the brewery.
Anheuser-Busch brewery plans for new wind turbine
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