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May 10, 2002
Wind Turbine to Be Installed This Week at Southampton College

Alternative Energy Source Will Provide Research and Education Opportunities for Students

Jane Finalborgo (
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Installation of a wind turbine that will supply electricity to one of the dormitory complexes at Southampton College of Long Island University is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 13 and continue through the week. The project is being funded through the U.S. Department of Energy in cooperation with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).

The Bergey Windpower 10 KW wind turbine will be installed atop a 100-foot self-supporting lattice tower on the northern border of the 110-acre campus in Shinnecock Hills. It will feature state-of-the-art blades recently designed in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

In addition to generating electricity, the new piece of cutting-edge environmental technology will provide faculty and students at the College with an opportunity to do research on this important alternative energy supply. The $80,000 project is being funded with grants from the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). The contractor is AWS Scientific, Inc., a wind energy consulting company based in Albany, NY.

The turbine is expected to generate 13,200 KWH per year. This electricity will be fed into the College's electrical system and will be used by the Montauk Residence Hall Complex.

"Southampton College was selected as a host site for this project because of their keen interest in incorporating renewable energy into their educational programs as well as the excellent wind resource on eastern Long Island," said Daniel W. Bernadett, the AWS Scientific project engineer. The turbine is being installed as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Powering America program. Under this program, AWS Scientific is installing a total of four wind turbines in New York and New Jersey.

LIPA is co-sponsoring the turbine installation as part of its commitment to renewable energy and to bring future plans for wind energy on Long Island closer to fruition through this small unit that can be used for demonstration purposes.

Data will be collected on the power and voltage output of the turbine, as well as wind speed, wind direction, and air temperature. This data will be sent automatically to AWS' offices in Albany for reporting to the Department of Energy and will also be available to Southampton College students and faculty for use in the classroom and laboratories.

"We are very excited about this opportunity to demonstrate the use of this important alternative energy source right here on campus," said Environmental Studies Professor Scott Carlin. "It will give our students and faculty a unique chance to work with and evaluate the significance of renewable energy on a first-hand basis." The College has nationally recognized programs in marine and environmental science and environmental studies. A total of 33 Fulbright Scholars have been produced through these programs.

The foundation for the tower and the underground power lines have already been installed at the site. A crane is scheduled to lift the tower/turbine onto the foundation on Wednesday, weather permitting.

For further information on the wind turbine, contact Daniel Bernadett at AWS Scientific, Inc., 518-437-8656 or Professor Scott Carlin at Southampton College, 631-287-8238.

View the installation of the wind turbine