The wind in the western Massachusetts town of Hancock is bringing power to several Central Massachusetts communities.
The Brodie Mountain Wind Power Project, located atop the mountain in Hancock, is beginning phase two construction, adding to the existing 10-turbine, 15 megawatt system with two 2.3 megawatt turbines being built next to existing turbines. When construction is done in late spring, it will bring it to a total generation capacity of 19.6 megawatts.
Boylston, Sterling and West Boylston are part of the 14 municipal electric departments benefiting from the new turbines through the Berkshire Wind Power Cooperative Corporation.
In the three area towns, wind and solar – non-greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting sources – provide a significant part of the town power.
West Boylston already gets a lot of power from wind, according to information from light plant General Manager Jonathan Fitch.
That includes power from its share of the existing Berkshire wind turbines, which generate about 4 to 5 percent of the town’s annual energy requirements, Fitch said, with expectations the project will operate through 2036. (read more)
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