Despite fallout between turbine operator Sumul Shah and the town of Hanover, officials say Scituate’s turbine is not at financial risk.
Shah, who owns and operates both Hanover’s turbine affiliate Lumus Construction Inc., and Scituate’s turbine affiliate Solaya Energy LLC, has recently come under fire from Hanover after failing to complete a much-anticipated turbine project.
The turbine project was expected to be finished two years ago. Although the turbine is standing, it is not spinning.
Hanover will seek money from the turbine company for failing to complete the project, yet according to Shah, that dispute will have no impact on Scituate.
“They are [separate companies],” Shah said in a phone interview.
In fact, Shah said the Scituate turbine has been operating well as of late, producing the expected amounts of energy with high wind levels.
Shah said winds were weaker during the summer, and the turbine didn’t produce as much energy, though he expected things to even out by year-end.
“If we only looked at the fall and winter, I'd say yes [it is operating as expected], but if you include summer, we’re probably a little low,” he said. “I expect by the time the year is over it will be equal to average [output].”
Meanwhile, Shah has stayed in the background while a group of residents has lodged complaints against the Scituate turbine’s operation.
Gordon Dean, president of Palmer Capital and co-owner of the turbine, has been at the forefront of that discussion as part of a Steering Committee for the Board of Health.
The board recently decided on a scope of a study on the turbine's operation.
Though who will do that study has yet to be decided, Shah said he was still confident the turbine was operating within its scope.
“I’m confident the turbine is operating within the permit, but that’s what the study is designed to accomplish, to verify that,” Shah said.