Scituate: Turbine could be back up Friday after storm takes it offline

Officials say the Scituate wind turbine should be back online again relatively soon, following a lightning storm earlier this week that shut it down.

Scituate Director of Public Works Al Bangert says that the turbine’s operations were disrupted during Monday night’s storms, by either a possible lightning strike or power surge.

Sumul Shah CEO of Solaya, the company that operates the turbine, says that several fuses were blown and will have to be replaced, but he doesn’t believe there was any significant damage to the turbine.

“But we are going through each of the systems and checking them head-to-toe,” said Shah.

Shah said that process could take another day or more and that the turbine to be back online by Friday afternoon.

But the 5-day shutdown won’t be a problem for the town, according to Bangert, who says the town has an power purchase agreement with company which stipulates it must provide a certain amount minimum of energy to the town.

“They can have this thing down for several days, several weeks actually, and the town is still protected in the sense that they have to provide the power, or pay for us to buy power,” said Bangert.

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