Maine set to get power from the moon

Posted Tuesday, July 24, 2012 in News

Maine set to get power from the moon

courtesy Ocean Renewable Power Company

EASTPORT -- An eight-year-old tidal energy project is about to go online in eastern Maine.

Ocean Renewable Power Company's first fully-assembled turbine generator unit, 100 feet long, about 15 feet high and rigged with long, curved turbine foils, is to become operational in August and connected to the grid to deliver electricity to Maine consumers starting in October.

Ocean Renewable President Chris Sauer says Tuesday's dedication marks the end of eight years of hard work and fundraising. Sauer has called Eastport the "Kitty Hawk" of tidal energy.

The 180-kilowatt turbine was lowered into the waters of Cobscook Bay.  The turbine will be the first in the nation to serve the existing electrical grid.

Rep. Mike Michaud and Sen. Olympia Snowe attended Tuesday's celebration, along with former Governors Baldacci and King, and local elected leaders from eastern Maine and New Brunswick.

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