Video: Winery's Wind Turbine in Progress

Eastern Energy Systems CEO explains the complexities involved in planning and raising a modern-day windmill at Osprey's Dominion Winery on Wednesday.

In about a week and a half, will be one of several North Fork vineyards powered by alternative energy. North Fork Patch captured the team from Mattituck's Eastern Energy Systems during their first day of — a project years in the making.

Eastern Energy Systems CEO Jamie Minnick explained why it's been a year since the project's groundbreaking ceremony and the actual assembly of the turbine.

"We were waiting for the equipment from the manufacturer," Minnick said. "There were a couple of modifications they were making, because this is a new industry, so it's not like everything has been used for hundreds of years. This is a brand new technology, so they were making modifications even after we made the purchase.

"To do a project like this requires a lot of different things," he continued. "We have logistics in shipping and electric work, and all of that had to come together. And now is the time."

Stay tuned for a slideshow in the coming days of the turbine standing tall at the winery.

Jamie Minnick November 13, 2010 at 02:22 PM
These mechanical works of art stand high above the trees, spinning quietly in the wind, act as monuments for what’s possible, for the North Fork’s energy independence, and what we can accomplish as a community. I acknowledge the owners of Osprey's Dominion, Bud Koehler and Bill Tyree for being leaders, smart businessmen, and for having the foresight and patients to install a wind turbine of this magnitude. Thank you for allowing Eastern Energy System the opportunity to install this great technology for you. Let turn her on guys.
Erin Schultz November 13, 2010 at 04:42 PM
Thanks for commenting, Jamie. Always nice to see you. And let me know when the last pieces go up! -- Erin
Peter Zalka November 14, 2010 at 06:45 PM
Hey Jamie, Congrats from Charleston South Carolina. I used to live on Long Island and still follow energy issues there while being involved in renewable energy in Charleston. Could you share a bit about the regulatory and zoning issues you had to deal with. Also how much electricity will the turbine generate;what is the estimated pay back period for the investment. Could you share where the turbine was manufactured domestically or imported. Again congratulations for this important initiative! Peter


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