Hurricane Sandy: durability and perseverance of the NPS 100, Long Island, NY
Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of 2012 and the second-costliest in United States’ history. Estimates assess the damage costs at over $68 billion. The storm killed at least 286 people in seven countries. In the US, it affected 24 states, with the most severe damage in New Jersey and New York.
The Northern Power hurricane resistant wind turbines regularly faces hurricane force winds from Alaska to the Caribbean, so it’s no surprise that all 74 Northern Power wind turbines in the path of Hurricane Sandy were undamaged by the high winds. Three of those are located on Long Island, NY: the Renewable Energy Park and Hydrogen Fueling Station in Hempstead; Pindar Vineyards in Southold; and Half Hollow Nursery in Laurel. One year after Sandy, these turbines continue to perform effectively, having generated over one million kilowatt hours of green energy for the region.