Basic Facts About Our Turbines:
- Rated capacity of each turbine = 1.65 MW
- Annual Electrical Production = 4,977,422 KWh
- Percentage of the College’s power requirement that will be met by turbines = 97%
- Height to center of hub = 269’
- Sweep diameter of blades = 269’
- Height when blade is at top dead center = 396’
- Weight of rotor & nacelle = 207,000 lbs. (103.5 tons)
- Weight of tower 285,000 lbs. (142.5 tons)
- Total weight of tower & turbine, exclusive of pad = 492,000 lbs. (246 tons)
Wind Turbine Dedication Ceremony, April 27, 2011.
Congressman John W. Olver
Congressman John W. Olver has represented the First Congressional District of Massachusetts since 1991, following more than two decades in the Massachusetts Legislature.
Co-founder of the House Climate Change Caucus, Congressman Olver currently serves as the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development; on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee; and on the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee.
His top policy priorities include keeping affordable and energy-efficient housing available, protecting the environment, increasing worker rights and benefits, expanding access to affordable health care, improving education and job training, providing new transportation options and maintaining our transportation infrastructure.
Many environmental preservation projects in Massachusetts are a result of his work in Congress. His support for MWCC’s energy initiatives has been integral in the college’s renewable energy success, most recently in securing a $3.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for the wind project.
A former chemistry professor at UMass, Amherst, Congressman Olver earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from M.I.T.
Edward R. Terceiro, Jr.
Ed Terceiro recently retired as the Executive Vice President at Mount Wachusett Community College, where he served as the College’s Chief Operations Officer and Resident Engineer.
Under his leadership, the College engaged in a strategy that focused its efforts on sustainability, energy conservation, renewable energy, co-generation, and CO2 reduction. His work has been recognized by numerous organizations and agencies including: the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, International Facilities Management Association, Worcester Business Journal, National Wildlife Federation, and Clean Air/Cool Planet.
He served on the American Council on Renewable Energy’s (ACORE) Higher Education Steering Committee and Biomass Coordinating Council and was a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
Ed’s expertise and success in implementing renewable energy projects has led to his being sought out as a speaker at numerous conferences and workshops throughout the country and abroad.