By Seth Daniel
For the Transcript
Two new wind turbines are about to blow their way onto Deer Island, with three more potentially on the way.
Â MWRA officials announced last week that they will be razing an old building on the eastern side of the island and are now beginning foundation work for the two, 190-foot wind turbines.
Â The construction could cause some closures of the perimeter walking path, though all closures will be announced via a sign near the entrance areas.
Â Ria Convery, a spokesperson at the MWRA, said a contract for the turbines was awarded last fall. Construction on the two turbines will begin in mid-July, she said. They should be operational by fall.
Â They will most likely be visible from some sections of Winthrop, and will certainly become a recognized land feature from the water.
Â She said each turbine is capable of generating 600 kW, but will generate 2 million kW hours per year, saving the MWRA around $230,000 in utilities.
Â If the first two turbines prove successful, then more will certainly be on the way.
Â â€œThe Federal Aviation Administration also gave conditional approval for three more turbines at Deer Island, provided that the first two do not cause any interference at Logan Airport,â€ said Convery.