By Margaret Badore / Source: Treehugger

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This morning, temperatures were in the mid-20’s Fahrenheit in Brooklyn, and from the piers a chilly breeze could be felt blowing in from the Hudson River. Although the weather wasn’t ideal for spectators, it did keep the blades of the city’s largest wind turbine turning at a rate of about 48 revolutions per minute.

Today, Sims Municipal Recycling held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its Sunset Park sorting facility for the industrial-scale turbine. The facility is responsible for sorting and processing most of the city’s curbside recycling. The wind turbine is the first of its kind for the city, although there are a number of smaller residential wind turbines throughout the New York. Including the blades, the turbine stands at 160 feet tall.

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The turbine has a capacity of 100kW, and alone can meet about 4 percent of the sorting facility’s energy needs. In combination with the site’s large array of roof-top solar panels, up to 20 percent of the recycling center’s required energy can be generated by on-site renewable sources.

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