Officials said this week that nine organizations responded to the Town of Falmouth’s request for letters of interest to move its two wind turbines outside of town.
In April, Town Manager Julian M. Suso issued a notice requesting these letters to measure interest relocating to an alternative location and operating the town’s two Vestas 1.65 megawatt V-82 wind turbines with 80-meter-tall towers.
“We did a significant outreach,” Mr. Suso said. “One of our intentions, with the letters of interest approach, was to attempt to get as widespread a response as possible.”
Five companies sent letters of interest: Bluestem Energy Solutions of Omaha, Nebraska; Empyreal Power of San Diego; Bay Crane Northeast of Smithfield, Rhode Island; Agilitas Energy LLC of Wakefield, and Industria Development Group of Buzzards Bay.
“I’m gratified that we did receive a response indicating some interest,” Mr. Suso said, noting the process is unusual as there is no template for the disposition of wind turbines.
Four other organizations expressed general interest in the wind turbines. Those groups are Vestas American Wind Technology of Portland, Oregon; IMS of San Diego, California; Centerline Communications of West Bridgewater, and Joint Base Cape Cod.
“The next step is our internal review,” Mr. Suso said. “We are working with our consultant, Weston & Sampson, to determine how we want to structure the final form of that [request for proposal].”
In January, selectmen unanimously voted to ask town administration to create requests for proposals (RFP) to either lease property outside of Falmouth to run the wind turbines, sell the turbines, or repurpose a wind turbine tower as a cellphone and repeater tower. While the timetable for issuing this RFP is not finalized, Mr. Suso expects to issue it within the next 30 days.
The wind turbines are at the wastewater treatment plant site on Blacksmith Shop Road, and were installed in 2009 and 2010. Wind 1 was shut down in September 2015 after the Falmouth Zoning Board of Appeals issued a cease-and-desist order. Wind 2 was shut down in June 2017, after Barnstable County Superior Court Judge Cornelius J. Moriarty II upheld the zoning board of appeals’ decision deeming the turbines a nuisance.