Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)
Right here in Massachusetts we have thousands of examples of individuals and organizations that have made energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements to benefit our environment and society for generations to come.
One such example is at the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR) – which includes the Otis Air National Guard Base – where officials there just completed a project last month to power up its two new1.5 megawatt (MW) General Electric wind turbines. These turbines, visible from the Sagamore Bridge, add to MMR’s existing 1.5 MW turbine and allow the reservation to power its entire environmental restoration operations with its on-site renewable energy sources.
MMR started its environmental restoration program about 20 years ago to help clean up the groundwater underneath the base and in surrounding communities that had been impacted by military practices over the 75 years. The restoration program pumps and treats 13 million gallons of contaminated ground water each day.
Future renewable energy plans at MMR include an 8 MW solar array on its 60-acre capped landfill. These efforts are helping MMR save money – before it invested in renewable energy MMR was using more than $2 million of fossil fuel-generated power annually, enough energy use to power approximately 1,200 homes.
In addition there is a 50-kilowatt wind turbine at Massachusetts National Cemetery on the reservation. The 120-foot tall structure is projected to produce up to 95 percent of the cemetery’s annual electricity usage which will allow it to operate almost entirely on renewable energy.
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