Coventry hopes to harness the power of the wind

COVENTRY – The Town of Coventry is moving forward with plans to install a wind turbine to offset utility costs at the town hall and senior center.

According to Town Supervisor John Phelan, the town board voted in May to go out to bid on the project, which would involve installing a 10kW wind turbine a few hundred yards behind the Coventry Town Hall, adjacent to the town’s recreational area. Not only would it generate power for the facility, he explained, but it would also enable the town to sell the surplus electricity back to NYSEG.

“The overall cost of the system will be around $70,000,” Phelan reported, $50,000 of which he hopes to finance through state and federal grants. Specifically, $30,000 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and $20,000 through President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

That leaves Coventry to cover the remaining $20,000 of the cost of purchasing and installing the wind turbine and tower, which will measure 153 feet to the tip of the blades. Phelan assures the town will be able to cover its share without a increasing the burden on taxpayers. To accomplish this, he says he plans to utilize funds generated by Coventry’s recycling program, and the community scrap drive which yields approximately $500 a month. $7,000 in revenue from the sale of lumber harvested from the 144-acre parcel of land the town owns off Wylie-Horton Road Extension will also be used for the project, he added.

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