Wind Committee reports on progress
Northborough – When town residents Joseph McNamara and Robert Giles began the adventure of bringing an energy-saving wind turbine to Northborough, they never imagined the response nor the ferocity with which the plan would progress. Now, nine months after their original presentation to the Board of Selectmen, the selectmen have approved the examination of placing the wind turbine at Tougas family farm (see related article in the Aug. 21 issue of the Community Advocate at communityadvocate.com).
“We are delighted,” McNamara said in a follow-up interview. “We needed the approval to go ahead with the program because it fulfills a requirement from the Westborough Technology Collaborative that says before proceeding you need to have a consultant or an engineering firm on board in association with wind technology and develop a plan for the overall system.”
The plan now is to apply for an $85,000 grant that would fund a yearlong look at how well a wind turbine would work in the area.
“What happens next is we’ll put up a meteorological tower to measure the wind direction for 12 months before we make any further recommendation to the town,” McNamara said.
The Wind Committee was formed in March. Since meetings began, the committee has expanded into several sub-divisions, intended to share the workload. McNamara has been pleased with how the committee has progressed.
“It’s going very, very well,” McNamara said. “The individuals who make up the various working groups are all outstanding people. We have a committee and support groups that may be the best one we’ve had in town … It must be going along pretty well, because the [public] is paying attention.”
The attention extends to positive responses from U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern, D, and State Sen. Harriette L. Chandler, D-Worcester, according to McNamara.
“We’re been very surprised by the tremendous amount of positive interest and excitement that is generated in the town,” he said. “People like it and they think it is a very green way of doing things.”
In addition, science students from Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough and Holy Name in Worcester, where a wind turbine was constructed, have also discussed the possibility of meeting to further discuss the importance of a greener society, as a result of the Wind Committee’s work.
“It’s a big plus for the students because, as far as I know,” he said, “it’s the first example of two high schools cooperating in this manner.”
McNamara is optimistic about the work the Wind Committee can accomplish.
“If we have a task, we get working on it, I can tell you that,” he said.
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