A turbine OEM and partner are jointly working on a community wind project to help Harbec Plastics, a western New York manufacturer, offset retail energy rates and zero-out carbon emissions by 2013.
This is Gamesa Technology Corp’s first distributed wind project with Harvest the Wind. The two companies signed an agreement in March that makes Harvest the Wind a primary distributor of Gamesa’s family of G5X-850 kW turbines for community and distributed wind energy projects. Harvest the Wind’s regional partner, Sustainable Energy Developments (SED), designed, permitted, and will install the G58 turbine on a 55-m tower at the Wayne Industrial Sustainability Park, where Harbec is located. SED is a regional distributed wind pioneer and quality leader in the Northeast U.S.
The plastics firm will use one of Gamesa’s G58-850 kW turbines to supply electricity directly to its plant in Ontario, N.Y., about 25 mi east of Rochester. “This project highlights our continued efforts to harness the vast potential of wind energy to power local economies and help businesses grow,” said David Rosenberg, vice president of marketing for Gamesa North America.
With this new turbine, Harbec says it is adding additional on-site wind power to its existing efficient electricity generating technology, a combined heat and power plant. Together, the systems will significantly minimize fuel consumption and reduce energy costs, making the company more competitive in the global marketplace.
First installed in 2001, the 850-kW turbine’s performance is tested and validated, with nearly 9,500 units installed around the world. Construction is set to begin in September 2012, and the project is scheduled to be completed and online by the end of the year.
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