Medford Energy Independence Project

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Medford Energy Independence Project

  1. 1. Medford Energy Independence Project:100-kw Wind Turbine CommissionedFebruary 2009A renewable energy project case studyPresentation to Metropolitan AreaPlanning Council Clean Energy ForumBoston, MAMarch 29, 2011Bob Paine, Medford Energy Committee 1
  2. 2. PROJECT OBJECTIVES Conserve energy in municipal building operations in accordance with Medford’s Climate Action Plan Provide valuable interactive educational tool for the 2,000+ students that attend the McGlynn and Andrews Schools Promote energy independence theme and highly visible symbol of Medford’s commitment to renewable energy Provide leadership by example for other municipalities implementing similar types of renewable energy projects 2
  3. 3. Project Background January 2004, Mayor Michael McGlynn created the Medford Clean Energy Committee (MCEC) – volunteers selected through review of resumes October 2004: City of Medford was awarded a $15,000 grant from MA Technology Collaborative (MTC)  Funded renewable energy posters, banners, website, editorial series in local newspapers, direct mailings, and public events. 3
  4. 4. Wind Feasibility Study Grant After 2+ years, Medford selected the McGlynn School as preferred location for the wind turbine In Fall 2006, Medford received a $15,000 Clean Energy Choice Grant from Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to install an anemometer and to conduct a feasibility study  Hired Sustainable Energy Developments to conduct independent wind resource assessment, an economic analysis, and application for $250,000 MTC grant was approved in May 2007 4
  5. 5. Preliminary Studies, cont. Meteorological tower installation Data available at Weather Underground http://www.wunderground.com/ weatherstation/WXDailyHistory.asp ?ID=KMAMEDFO7 Davis Vantage Pro2 Wireless System 5
  6. 6. Design Process Design Consultant Procurement Engineering Design  Civil  Electrical  Geotechnical  Structural Permitting, Outreach & other Approvals Avoided need for a fence around the turbine Financing 6
  7. 7. Wind Turbine Financing Over fifty percent in grant funding received for the Project with a current total of $426,250 Installation & construction costs total $645,490  Clean Renewable Energy Bond (CREB)  Low Interest Municipal Bond** 10 Year Payback Period  Up to $25,000/year electricity production  Estimated $7,650/year Renewable Energy Credits  Estimated $1,500/year utility electricity purchase  Estimated insurance & maintenance: $3,700/year 7
  8. 8. Construction Process – Electrical Interconnection Autumn 2008 8
  9. 9. Construction Process – Foundation Installation 9
  10. 10. Construction Process – Tower Installation January 2009 10
  11. 11. Medford Energy Independence Project Mayor Michael J. McGlynn cuts the recycled ribbon at the Medford Energy Independence Project Ribbon Cutting 11 Event held January 29, 2009.
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  13. 13. Virtual TourPhotos 13
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  19. 19. Contacts and Web sitesMedford Energy websites and contacts: http://www.medfordcleanenergy.org/ and http://www.medford.org/Pages/MedfordMA_Energy/energycommitteeNorthwind 100 turbine characteristics: http://northernpower.com/wind-power-products/northern-power-100- wind-turbine.phpSmartview display: https://smartview.northernpower.com/public/medford/Northern Power Kiosk View: http://northernpower.kiosk-view.com/medfordWeather Underground met tower: http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstation/WXDailyHistory.asp?ID =KMAMEDFO7 19

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