The company planning a wave energy installation off Reedsport won't have its first buoy in the water this year as planned. Ocean Power Technologies says it managed to put one of three anchors in place, but the remaining two anchors will spend the winter in Reedsport while the power generation buoy is stored in Portland.
Marketing director Greg Lennon says the company encountered a number of challenges, mainly the weather.
The Pennington, N.J., company eventually plans to have 10 buoys about 3 miles off Reedsport. They would use the motion of waves to generate enough electricity for about 1,000 homes.