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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Turbines at Massachusetts Base Power Groundwater Cleanup

  • November 13, 2011
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The Air Force held a ribbon-cutting ceremony last month for two wind turbines at the Massachusetts Military Reservation in Cape Cod.

The 1.5-megawatt wind turbines, in addition to an existing turbine, were built to offset electrical costs for powering numerous groundwater cleanup systems at the reservation. The turbines are expected to save the Air Force more than $1.5 million per year, reported the Air Force Public Affairs Agency.

The project is the latest example of the service’s push to limit its use of fossil fuels. “The Air Force currently operates 85 on-base renewable energy projects at 43 installations, playing a significant role in the national strategy to establish greater energy security via conservation and alternative energy use,” Undersecretary of the Air Force Erin Conaton said at the ceremony.

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