Bayonne has a new addition to the neighborhood – a 262-foot tall wind turbine that is meant to reduce electric costs, which can exceed $250,000. The first of its kind in North Jersey, the 70-ton wind turbine can create enough electricity to power more than 300 homes. There are just five utility sized wind turbines in New Jersey, all in Atlantic City.
The wind turbine is expected to cost just under $6 million, funded in part by grants from the federal government and rebates from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The rest, about $1.8 million, is expected to be financed by the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust. The project has been in the works for three years and is expected to be fully operational in March.
Reaction is mixed among residents with some favoring the turbine and others against the large structure in their neighborhood. NJToday’s Lauren Wanko files this report from Bayonne.
Some residents believe the wind turbine could lower their property values and create more noise in the neighborhood. Officials say the noise will be negligible. Other residents say they’re in favor of the turbine, which will be good for the environment and save money.
The structure may not be the only one to appear in Bayonne. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is considering the possibility of constructing more wind turbines.