Cape Wind will set up shop in Falmouth

Cape Wind announced last Thursday that it will base its operations headquarters on Falmouth Harbor, at the former home of East Marine.

“Cape and Islanders once lit the lamps of the world by harvesting whale oil,” Cape Wind president Jim Gordon said in a press release. “Pretty soon, every morning, workers will leave from Falmouth Harbor to harness the inexhaustible power of the wind for a healthier environment, increased energy independence, and sustainable economic development.”

Mr. Gordon said the Falmouth location provides a good waterfront facility in a protected harbor, in close proximity to marine science institutions.

Cape Wind has signed a purchase and sale agreement for East Marine, on Falmouth Heights Road on Falmouth Harbor, according to a company statement.

“I am honored to be a part of today’s announcement by Cape Wind that they will base its operations headquarters in Falmouth Harbor,” Congressman William Keating said in prepared remarks. “With the creation of fifty new jobs right here on Cape Cod and the staging area for turbine assembly across Buzzards Bay in New Bedford, Massachusetts’ role as a leader in offshore renewable energy is further solidified.”

Existing operations at East Marine will continue unchanged for this winter’s boat storage season and for summer operations of 2013. After that, Cape Wind expects to begin its interior renovations of the two buildings and its use of the site. In addition to its own operations, Cape Wind expects to continue to operate some traditional marina functions at the site, including boat slip rentals.

For more information go to www.capewind.org.