Small Scale Windpower works for Maine Veterinarian

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Chester man installs own windmill
Turbine will power office, farmhouse

By Nick Sambides Jr.
BDN Staff

CHESTER, Maine — Joseph Nesin looks forward to 30 years of free electricity.

A 50-year-old veterinarian and ardent environmentalist, Nesin installed a Bergey XL 10-kilowatt windmill to power his office and adjoining farmhouse, sitting the three-blade turbine atop a 140-foot steel tower on his Pea Ridge Road property earlier this month, he said.

“It’s a way of producing electricity cleanly. That was my motivation,” Nesin said Saturday. “My motivation was to get power with the least environmental impact possible.”

His goal won’t come cheaply or immediately. Counting all expenses, the windmill cost Nesin about $60,000 and will take about 10 years to pay back the investment, Nesin said.

But the turbine has a 40-year, maintenance-free life span. As long as he balances his electricity needs against available winds, it should generate enough to power his home and business year-round, even during those wind-free summer days, he said.

“It looks like it’s going to be an even break,” Nesin said. “If I don’t get enough power from it, Bangor Hydro will still supply me. I am still hooked in with them.”

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