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In Brooklyn, Fertile Ground for a Wind Turbine

Located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, the city’s first commercial-scale wind turbine cost $750,000 to build, took four years to complete, tops 160 feet and can yield up to 100 kilowatts of power. Credit Jake Naughton for The New York Times

Located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, the city’s first commercial-scale wind turbine cost $750,000 to build, took four years to complete, tops 160 feet and can yield up to 100 kilowatts of power. Credit Jake Naughton for The New York Times

From the New York Times

By Tatiana Schlossberg

Modern-day Don Quixotes looking to tilt at wind turbines can see their latest fearsome foe from far and wide: Lower Manhattan; Red Hook, Brooklyn; or the Gowanus Expressway.

In less than a month of operation, the first large-scale wind turbine to be installed in New York City, standing more than 160 feet tall, has produced enough energy to power two homes for over a year, or one 20-watt light bulb for over a century.

But this turbine, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, was built to help power a recycling plant on a pier at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal. It is expected to provide 4 percent of the energy used by the plant, which is owned and operated by Sims Metal Management, an Australian company.

Read more at the New York Times.

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