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November 14, 2012

City hosting signing for turbine blades Friday

Do you want to sign onto a piece of Gloucester history?

You can do just that as the city takes its own step toward launching its wind energy project Friday on the grounds of Gloucester Engineeering in Blackburn Industrial Park.

The city of Gloucester will host a “blade signing” ceremony on Friday at 10 a.m. to mark the installation of two wind turbines located on the Gloucester Engineering site at 11 Dory Road.

The turbines are being built as part of a 25-year agreement with Equity Industrial Turbines, which is expected to save the City of Gloucester a minimum of $11 million dollars over the life of the contract.

“Gloucester residents will benefit from our abundant supply of wind power” Mayor Caroyln Kirk said Wednesday in a prepared statement. “For the first time, green energy will be used to provide power to city buildings including seven schools, public safety buildings, and water and sewer treatment plants. This change will result in substantial fiscal benefits for our city and make Gloucester one of the greenest communities in Massachusetts.”

Mayor Kirk will be joined at the event by members of the Gloucester City Council, the chairman of the Gloucester Planning Board, the Director of the Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, the Executive Director of the Energy Consumers Alliance of New England and Mass Energy, the Mass. Municipal Association, and representatives from Gloucester Engineering, Equity Industrial Turbines — and any local residents who wish to attend and take part.

All who attend will be invited to sign their name on the turbine’s blades, the mayor said.

The city anticipates the energy savings realized will be used to support a new joint public safety building and improvements to local schools.

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