Scituate: Town preparing to build municipal wind turbine

Solaya Energy, the company that will build and manage Scituate’s municipal wind turbine, updated the Board of Selectmen Tuesday night on the project.

The 270 foot wind turbine will be built on the site of the town’s sewer treatment plant.

Huge sections are due to arrive on about 20 flat bed trucks starting next Monday and will continue throughout the week.

However, transporting the turbine does present a bit of challenge, especially through the Route 3A rotary. Solaya Energy C.E.O. Sumul Shah says the only way to get those trucks through is to actually go over the rotary.

“Probably the most challenging part this the route, is that once we actually get into Scituate and have to cross the rotary, there’s really no other way to go around the rotary, so we’re going to have to kind of go through the rotary a little bit. We’ll make just enough modifications to get the trucks over the curbs and the rotary, just before we’re actually delivering components. After the trucks have delivered the components, we’ll restore the rotary back to the way it was,” Shah told selectmen.  

Solaya will start building a large 400 foot crane – one of two cranes that will be used to hoist the sections.

The wind turbine will help power the town’s municipal buildings and is projected to save between $200,000 and $250,000 a year in energy costs.

The project should be finished by March.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.