Wind & Solar: The Architecture of Renewable Energy

Wednesday, August 19

Marble River Wind Farm, Photo Courtesy of EDP Renewables

In the North Country, wind and solar infrastructure, facilities, and farms are helping to power a renewable energy future. During American Wind Week, we will first take a deep dive into the systems and design of Marble River Wind Farm, a facility in rural Churubusco that features an installed total capacity of 215.25 megawatts, which provides enough clean energy to annually power approximately 96,000 average New York homes. Atop tubular steel towers, the turbine’s blades capture the wind, which rotates an internal shaft connected to a gearbox. The gearbox then spins a generator to produce electricity.

After exploring the science and architecture of wind energy, we will visit the Olympic Regional Development Authority’s (ORDA) solar farm in Champlain. Here, ORDA generates renewable energy used to power its snowmaking at Whiteface and LED lighting for its mountain facilities. This 12-acre solar array is comprised of 9,032 solar panels and will offset 58,888 tons of carbon dioxide (equal to decommissioning 12,397 cars) over a 25-year period.

Robinson Farm in Champlain, the site of ORDA’s Solar Farm. Image Courtesy of ORDA.

This tour will be led by AARCH staff, and staff form both EDP Renewables’ Marble River Wind Farm and ORDA’s Robinson Solar Farm.

The tour begins at 10 AM and ends around 4 PM.

The fee is $50 for AARCH members and $60 for non-members.



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