New Wind Turbine Will Provide Half of Park’s Electrical Needs
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new 100-kilowatt wind turbine at Fishermen’s Memorial State Park and Campground in Narragansett on Monday (Nov. 14).
The 117-foot Northwind turbine will supply about half of the electrical needs for the state park and campground each year. The wind turbine and accompanying online “green energy dashboard,” which will show the amount of clean energy being produced at Fishermen’s, will be available to campers and the general public beginning next spring, the Jamestown Press reported.
The wind turbine is situated in an upland area of the park away from the shoreline, and is set back from neighboring homes, campsites and roadways. The size of the turbine is in scale with the setting of the park. Located on Point Judith Road, Fishermen’s Memorial offers residents and tourists a “seaside village” atmosphere.
Last year 17,840 people camped in 182 campsites at the park, which is known for its close proximity to popular state beach areas such as Scarborough, Roger Wheeler and Salty Brine.
Funding for the $688,010 project includes $399,917 from a multi-state settlement agreement with American Electric Power Service for federal Clean Air Act violations; $150,594 from federal American Resource and Recovery Act funds via the State Energy Offi ce; and $137,500 from the R.I. Economic Development Corporation’s Renewable Energy Fund.