Small host of wind turbines is in research and planning stages

Several proposed Vineyard wind turbine projects are in early planning stages – for private residences, schools, municipal facilities, and businesses. Federal and state grant money and incentives for using renewable energy make wind turbine projects enticing. But, those involved in the evaluation process must weigh the projected costs savings against the initial outlays and projected payback time, as well as maintenance costs.

A model project

In researching model wind turbine projects for Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School (MVPCS), consultant Brian Nelson examined one operated by the Spirit Lake Community School District in Iowa, the first school district in the U.S. to use wind power as a primary wind source.

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