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November 6, 2012

All systems go for turbine

The roughly 479-foot tall wind turbine at Varian Semiconductor/Applied Materials stood in one piece for the first time Tuesday after crews from Baldwin Crane attached the rotor with its blades to the 360-foot tower.

Three cranes — the familiar, monolithic red and white crane, and two smaller ones – lifted the rotor in place Tuesday morning, while on the ground, the three-blade rotor stretched over 300 feet wide.

The cranes hoisted it and turned it over in mid-air before workers from Baldwin bolted it into place at the top of the tower, and from inside the motor.

With the lift over, Richard Johnson, the Facilities Director at the Varian Semiconductors Division of Applied Materials said the turbine will be generating electricity by Dec. 1. In the next few weeks, workers will tie the turbine into the grid, and National Grid will inspect that work by the end of the month.

Varian expects the 2.5 megawatt turbine to provide roughly a third of the company’s overall power consumption.

Steven Fletcher may be contacted at 1-978-283-7000 x3455, or sfletcher@gloucestertimes.com. Follow him on Twitter at @stevengdt.

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