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MBTA Kingston Wind Turbine Groundbreaking, October 25, 2011MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey today joined state and local officials to break ground on the Kingston Wind Turbine Program at the Kingston Layover Facility.  The 100-kilowatt wind turbine will power 65 percent of the Kingston commuter rail station's energy supply. The $2.5 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) project builds on the Patrick-Murray Administration's investment in transportation infrastructure and is another step toward a more energy efficient Commonwealth. 

The $2.5 million ARRA Transit Investments Generating Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reductions grant funds the 120-foot-tall turbine that will power the station's energy supply to the parking lot, station platforms, and plug–ins for locomotives. The grant also funds a second 300-kilowatt turbine to be installed along the commuter rail tracks in Bridgewater.  The two wind turbines when operational will save the MBTA approximately $100,000 annually in electricity costs.

The wind turbine will be constructed on the north side of the commuter rail tracks between the maintenance and substation structures. Construction will begin immediately.

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