New view from Manhattan: A 262-foot wind turbine

Summary:Head down to the southern tip of Manhattan in the coming week, and you might notice a new addition to the view behind the Statue of Liberty.

Head down to the southern tip of Manhattan in the coming week, and you might notice a new addition to the distant view: a solitary 1.5-megawatt wind turbine, rising 262 feet from the banks of the Hudson River.

One turbine can hardly compare to the visual display produced by large-scale wind farms. Still, it will be an interesting NIMBY experiment. For residents of Bayonne, New Jersey, where the turbine is being erected, and New Yorkers alike. If someone in Manhattan's Battery Park looks southwest they'll see the Statue of Liberty. From that vantage point, the turbine will be seen directly behind the iconic statue, according to LEITWIND.

The wind turbine, manufactured by Italian-based LEITWIND, will supply power to the city of Bayonne's Oak Street Pumping Station. Most of the components will be produced at LEITWIND's Austrian facility.The system will produce around 3.3 gigawatt hours of electricity a year enough to power up to 600 single-family homes. The city's municipal utilities authority will save an estimated $175,000 a year.

Construction was slated to begin this week, according to the city of Bayonne. The turbine blades and rotary were expected to be erected today.

Photo: LEITWIND

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This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

Topics: Innovation

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Kirsten Korosec has written for Technology Review, Marketing News, The Hill, BNET and Bloomberg News. She holds a degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She is based in Tucson, Arizona. Follow her on Twitter.

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