New wind turbine at O’Maley Middle School, Gloucester

Hearty congratulations are in order!  The long-held vision of siting a small vertical axis wind turbine atop the O’Maley Middle School roof has become a happy reality., in large part due to the determination, hard work and sheer grit of a dedicated group of O’Maley science students and their teachers Amy Donnelly and David Brown. Through their efforts over the past several years, the benefits of this wind turbine project, both in terms of saved energy and educational value, became clear to more and more members of the community and support grew.  The Gloucester Education Foundation, the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, the Moore Family Foundation,  Geoffrey E. Richon Company, and J&L Welding and Machine, Inc. and many other caring people made this project happen, and in mid- December on one  cold and windy day, the 1.2 kw turbine was installed.

On January 25th, a well-attended Wind Turbine Dedication event was held to celebrate.  While enjoying delicious light refreshments served by hospitable O’Maley students, guests were able to monitor wind conditions and production of energy in real time indoors by watching the monitoring equipment situated in the Commons area.  O’Maley’s location is a naturally windy one, and the turbine had already generated 85.7 kw since it’s installation!  Yet this energy powerhouse is barely visible against the sky, and it is virtually silent.

Speakers included Debra Lucey, Principal of the O’Maley Middle School, Dr. Richard Safier, Superintendent of the Gloucester Public Schools, Maggie Rosa, President of the Gloucester Education Foundation,  science teachers Amy Donnelly and David Brown, and Senator Bruce Tarr presented several well-deserved Massachusetts Senate certificates of recognition. .Dedicated O’Maley students also spoke about the project, showed a fascinating video presentation of the turbine installation from start to finish,  and did the ribbon-cutting honors.

This far-reaching accomplishment was achieved through O’Maley’s  Birdseye Hammond Lab for Science, Technology and Engineering, auspiciously named for two re-knowned inventors who called Gloucester home.  We will undoubtedly be seeing more exciting developments from the Lab and its inventors of the future.

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Find out what community programs work to increase energy efficiencey

Listen to the following webcasts, which offer insights as to what has worked and what hasn’t in other communities interested in improving energy efficiency. What do you think Gloucester should do? Let us know…

The following link will bring you to the archived NREL webinar on community behavior change programs.

The Jan. 18th webinar on the same general topic – “Making an Impact on Energy Use in Your Community” –  is not yet posted but it should show up eventually at )

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Deep Energy Retrofit Open House

Deep Energy Retrofit Open House
Sunday, January 22, 2012 • 1 PM — 4 PM
730R Washington Street • Gloucester, MA
National Grid will be sponsoring an Open House, with Tobias Richon of G.H. Richon Company, showcasing the
Deep Energy Retrofit of a single family home at 730R Washington Street in Gloucester, MA.
The owners, John and Lee Cunningham, are long-time Gloucester residents who believe in the need for
changes in residential energy use and wanted to lead by example. When planning a major renovation to a
converted coastal summer cottage, their contractor Tobias Richon introduced them to the National Grid DER
pilot program. With outdated windows and siding due for replacement, the timing was right to lock in sizeable
energy savings for many years to come.
The super-insulated enclosure, made possible through financial and technical support from National Grid and
Building Science Corporation, includes exterior insulation wall and roof build-outs in addition to dense-packed
cellulose in the existing stud and rafter cavities. A balanced heat recovery ventilation system integrated with a
ducted air source heat pump for heating and cooling will ensure that this tight house is comfortable and healthy
with high indoor air quality.
Completion is anticipated by January 2011.
Here are some of the highlights of this Gloucester single family DER retrofit project:
􀂃 Roof: Up to R-60 with 3 layers of 2” polyisocyanurate rigid foam and cellulose in roof cavity
􀂃 Walls: R-40 with 4” of polyisocyanurate rigid foam on exterior and cellulose in wall cavity
􀂃 Basement walls: R-20 with a combination of Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) and polyiso rigid foam
􀂃 Basement floor: R-5 to R-10 with 1”-2” XPS foam on top of epoxy coated existing slabs
􀂃 Windows: R-5 Matthews Brothers casement and slider windows and patio door sliders (30 units)
􀂃 Heating: Mitsubishi Air Source Heat Pumps (with 20’ electric baseboard heating for back-up)
􀂃 DWH: Solar hot water by Wagner Solar with electric back-up
􀂃 Ventilation: Balanced ventilation with 75% recovery efficiency @ 32 Deg F
Directions by car to the Open House:
* Take Route 128 North to Gloucester.
*  At the traffic circle go ¾ around and take Route 127 – Washington Street.
*  Proceed 2.6 miles to 730R Washington Street on your left – look for DER sign.
*  Take left into driveway to house – parking is limited – we will help you find a place for your vehicle.
Directions by public transportation to the Open House:
*  The home is in the Annisquam neighborhood of Gloucester.
*  Take MBTA train to Gloucester (Rockport Line)
Note: CATA bus service to Annisquam does not operate on Sundays

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