By Jonathan Phelps
---- — IPSWICH — From the street, the slow-moving blades of the two wind turbines on Town Farm Road can be seen in the distance.
But on Saturday, people can get a close-up look.
The Massachusetts Energy Consumers Alliance is hosting the first Ipswich Wind Turbine Festival and offering tours to those who sign up by tomorrow. The event is free and open to the public.
The nonproft, known as Mass Energy, buys renewable energy wholesale and then sells it retail through National Grid and NSTAR, according to Larry Chretien, executive director. The organization’s Green Power programs provide green electricity from local renewable sources, including the Ipswich turbine, and serve about 7,000 people.
“The idea is to show that people can choose where their electricity comes from,” he said.
Participants will be able to step inside the turbine and see how its computerized functions work.
“It is primarily an educational event,” Chretien said. “It is a fun and easy way for people to meet us on the site and see how the project came about.”
The event is both for customers and those interested in learning more about green energy.
The tour will be of the second tower located off Town Farm Road, built and operated by D&C Construction of Rockland. Manufactured by Hyundai, the turbine is 400 feet tall from the base to the top of its blade. It produces about 2 megawatts of electricity.
Ipswich’s first turbine is a joint project of the town’s utility company and public schools.
“We think wind power has to be part of the Massachusetts’ energy landscape,” Chretien said.
IF YOU GO
What: Ipswich Wind Turbine Festival
When: Saturday, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Where: The end of Town Farm Road, Ipswich
How: Tickets available at ipswichwind.eventbrite.com/ or by contacting Vineeta Nangia at 617-524-3950, ext. 142, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations must be made by Aug. 1.