- Associated Press - Sunday, January 31, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) - An idle wind turbine at Portsmouth High School has come down and a new one is scheduled to go up.

WJAR-TV (https://bit.ly/1PrgqfA) reports crews from Wind Energy Development of North Kingstown finished dismantling the 213-foot-tall wind turbine Saturday.

The company plans to build a 279-foot-tall turbine that will provide energy to Portsmouth’s municipal buildings.

The original turbine was built in 2009 but has been idle since 2012 because of a faulty gearbox. The company that made the turbine has since gone bankrupt.

Wind Energy Development stepped in to pay off the remaining $1.4 million bond the town took out to build the original turbine. The town has agreed to buy electricity from the company for the next 25 years.

Construction is expected to be finished by the end of June.

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