The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has dedicated a new 50 kW wind turbine at the Massachusetts National Cemetery. The 120-foot-tall structure is projected to produce up to 95% of the cemetery's annual electricity usage, which will allow it to operate almost entirely on renewable energy.
The wind turbine project was funded through a $553,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant and is part of an overall VA energy-conservation initiative that includes renewable energy generation technologies, metering systems, and energy-conservation and water-saving measures.
In total, the renewable energy systems awarded represent more than 9 MW of planned power generating capacity from wind, solar and cogeneration technologies.
The commitment by the VA to clean energy this year continues through contracts to implement seven solar energy projects, two wind turbines, six geothermal systems and one renewable combined heat and power system.
The VA expects to award 19 additional projects before the end of the fiscal year. Once completed, VA's fiscal year 2011 awarded renewable energy projects are expected to generate an estimated 46 million kWh of electricity annually.