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Installation of Five Power-Generating Wind Turbines

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Client: New York State Thruway Authority
Location: Buffalo Division

Objectives:

• Installation of Wind Turbines

• Electrical Construction Oversight

• Project Coordination with Utility Companies

• Access Road Construction

• Foundation Construction

In 2013, the American Wind Energy Association ranked New York State 11th in the country for installed wind power assets, acknowledging the state’s commitment to fostering the development and operation of wind energy infrastructure. Contributing to the state’s sustainable energy initiative, Prudent Engineering provided Prime consultant construction inspection services for the installation of five power-generating wind turbines in the New York State Thruway Authority’s (NYSTA) Buffalo Division. In addition to other project responsibilities, Prudent’s scope of work included providing construction oversight for site work; building and electrical construction; modification of existing Authority buildings and utilities; installation of wind turbines and foundations; and project coordination with private utility companies. 

The wind turbine generators (WTGs) were installed at five NYSTA facilities positioned along the Erie section of the Thruway, south of the City of Buffalo. Located in one of the state’s windiest zones, these medium-scale WTGs are highly productive energy systems, generating 100 kilowatts of electricity and about 30-35 percent in energy savings for the Authority’s Buffalo Division facilities. Under the state’s Net Metering Law, clean energy produced by the turbines not only powers Authority-owned facilities but is directed into the larger utility grid, providing electricity for local residents.

As the Prime consultant, Prudent’s staff provided construction inspection services for the multiphase installation of the WTGs. Phase one concerned site preparation, which involved constructing an access road, staging area, and crane-erection pad. The second phase included foundation installation, excavations, form construction, rebar installation, concrete placement, and compaction backfilling. Phase three entailed turbine erection, and delivery and assembly of the tower and WTG components. The final phase included coordinating all electrical work for the installation of underground feeders, WTG terminations, and the facility’s supporting electrical elements. The successful installation of this environmentally friendly technology has served to bolster the Buffalo Division’s sustainable energy efforts and promote green energy alternatives.