Brick Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis, surrounded by students from and cut the ribbon on Brick's newest foray into the clean energy world Wednesday morning.
The mayor and the students, joined by school and township officials, gathered around an 80-foot tall wind turbine built at the Drum Point Sports Complex, off Drum Point Road. The turbine will generate 10 kilowatts of energy from its 22-foot blades, which spub silently in a brisk wind during the ceremony.
"The thing that really sold us on this was the fact that there were two schools right here," Acropolis said. "The education component is worth well in excess of the power generation that will come from this."
Acropolis said the system will reduce utility costs at the sports complex, which is the most heavily used of its kind in Brick. The project cost $177,560, which was covered by federal grants.
The turbine is the latest of Brick's green energy projects. In 2010, the township installed a 125 kilowatt system on the roof of the , which has reduced energy costs by about $30,000 per year there and generates $125,000 annually through the sale of renewable energy credits.
Both the Drum Point system and the municipal complex system were funded through the federal government's Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant program.