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Councilman Smith’s business will be powered by an ‘urban’ turbine

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City Councilman Jeffrey M. Smith has added to his green initiatives at Quick Med Urgent Care on Washington Street.

Mr. Smith recently had an “urban” wind turbine installed on the building he owns with his wife, Milly C. The 6-foot, gearless turbine — he believes the first in the region — now sits on top of the building at 727 Washington St.

He installed a solar panel system last year on the Washington Street structure and a set of solar panels on his Keyes Avenue home in 2010. Between the new turbine and solar panels, he expects to save about 50 percent in electricity costs for the urgent care business. The system will produce 3,000 kilowatts a year.

He said the turbine will not create much noise — a maximum of 35 decibels — and he doesn’t expect complaints from neighbors. He did not have to get height approvals from the city because it’s attached to a structure, Mr. Smith said.

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