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    Gloucester wind turbines to save $1.47m annually

    Spending to save

    Varian wind turbine

    Cost: $8 million

    Operational: December 2012


    Size: 2.5 megawatts; 492 feet high from base to tip of blade

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    Electricity generated: Will power one-third of Varian’s Gloucester plant

    Estimated savings per year: $1 million

    Gloucester Engineering wind turbines (2)

    Cost: $12 million


    Operational: December 2012

    Size: Each is 2 megawatts; 400 feet high from base to tip of blade

    Electricity generated: Will power the Gloucester’s municipal buildings, including: City Hall; Gloucester High School; O’Maley Middle School; Beeman Memorial, East Gloucester, Plum Cove, Veterans’ Memorial, and West Parish elementary schools; Dorothy Talbot Rink; Office of Veterans’ Services; sewer treatment plant; police station; four fire stations; Sawyer Free Library

    Estimated savings per year: $470,000

    SOURCES: Varian and City of Gloucester