Wind power initiative launched in the Valley
LAKE KATRINE – First there was The Solar Energy Consortium with the goal of making the Hudson Valley the solar research, technology and manufacturing capital of the country.
Now, the Hudson Valley Center for Innovation Wednesday announced a region-wide effort to create a wind power initiative to concentrate on research, testing and certification.
“The Hudson Valley is suited to become the global epicenter of distributed wind energy development,” said Donald Perry, a green strategist and consultant to the project.
The Wind Power Initiative plans to conduct wind turbine training, testing and analysis at selected community colleges in the Hudson Valley, including Sullivan, Orange and Ulster, along with its primary academic partner, the Polytechnic Institute of NYU.
Perry said the wind power system being constructed now at Sullivan County Community College was as the result of his efforts to bring the players together.
By the end of the year, a commercial wind power facility will be constructed and online in Westchester County, he said, with others to follow.
“They will really be focused on commercial applications like hotels, schools, government buildings, the local big box stores; those are the places where you have a lot of electricity usage. They’re paying commercial rates, which are relatively expensive, particularly in the Northeast.”
Placing turbines at colleges will provide students with “real world experience working with real wind energy systems and help them become expert in their design, installation, testing and maintenance, as well as helping the push the technology envelope further and create new wind turbine generators of even greater power production, efficiency and cost competitiveness,” said Les Neumann, managing director of HVCFI.
The project will also provide “an excellent introduction to the potential of the Hudson Valley as a location which is in close proximity to the largest concentration of end-users – New York City and the Northeast corridor,” he said.