George J. Hayden Inc. construction manager for multi-million dollar green energy flywheel facility
Published: June 28, 2013
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Green energy is an outstanding growth area for electrical contractor George J. Hayden Inc., which is now serving as construction manager for a clean energy 20-megawatt flywheel power plant in Humboldt Industrial Park.
George J. Hayden Inc., a Hazleton-based and family-owned electric and communications construction firm, is managing construction of the Beacon Power LLC flywheel project, from the blasting and removal of more than 20,000 cubic yards of rock to the installation of the large flywheels that generate clean, green energy. Even the material blasted from the site was put to good use. The excess material is reused to fill void land areas in a local industrial park to help correct erosion issues.
Beacon Power LLC held an event June 21 at the work site to celebrate the start of flywheel installations at what will be Pennsylvania’s first 20-megawatt flywheel frequency regulation plant.
Flywheels are clean and responsive energy storage systems that help stabilize the electricity grid, enable greater use of renewable energy sources like wind and solar, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“The Beacon Power LLC project is special for my firm, not only because we served as construction manager for the entire project, but also because it continues a trend of green energy projects for which our firm is becoming well-known,” said company president George F. Hayden, whose father founded the company in 1975.
“Our substation experience over the last 10 years has afforded us the opportunity to secure this innovative project with Beacon Power LLC,” Hayden said.
George J. Hayden Inc., has performed more than a dozen construction projects that have been recognized by Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., (ABC) with Awards of Excellence. George J. Hayden Inc., also holds a large number of safety awards and participates in an ABC/OSHA partnership to increase safety awareness.
Work will continue at Beacon Power, LLC’s Humboldt Industrial Park facility over the coming months, as Beacon Power LLC delivers a number of specially equipped containers consisting of power electronics, cooling and other support equipment. They will be lowered onto permanent foundations where they will be wired in place and then interconnected with the flywheels by Hayden electricians.