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December 4, 2012

A 'green' experiment

Verizon trial puts three wind turbines on Salem garage

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In return, Salem is getting free public Wi-Fi, an electric signboard at street level for community messages or other uses, and security cameras on the garage roof.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to demonstrate what a green community we know Salem is,” Driscoll said.

During her years in the corner office, the mayor has introduced solar-powered trash barrels, LED streetlights and traffic signals, and electric vehicle-charging stations.

She also has pushed for a large wind turbine at Winter Island, but with less success.

For Wing Power, this is a chance to display its “vertical micro wind turbine,” which sells for $15,000 to $20,000. The turbines on the garage roof, which appear to produce little sound, generate up to 3.5 kilowatts, or enough energy to power an average home, a company official said.

Two-year-old Wing Power, however, is marketing the turbines to retail stores and businesses.

Tom Dalton can be reached at tdalton@salemnews.com.

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