Measuring in at 160-feet-tall, New York City’s largest wind turbine is set to generate up to 100 kilowatts for Brooklyn’s Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility. Designed and constructed by Vermont-based company Aegis Renewable Energy for a reported $750,000, the turbine will be able to supply 4% of the recycling plant’s needed energy, which may sound like a small figure, but marks a large step forward for clean energy in New York City.
Wind power is an important addition to the recycling plant, according to manager Tom Outerbridge, who said, “sustainability is central to our mission.” The plant will get another 20% of its energy from an 11-acre solar power installation, and these clean energy sources will help the plant push that agenda further. The plant processes tons of waste from Queens and the Bronx, as well as from across Brooklyn, which eliminates the need to truck waste outside the city for recycling, thereby reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
The recycling plant opened in 2013 and cost $110 million to construct. The wind turbine began operating quietly just after the new year and more turbines are slated to be installed on a former landfill site in Staten Island. Solar panels will also generate enough energy to power 2,000 homes.
Images via Sims Municipal Recycling.