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.