Lowell, Va., July 27, 2012 — The first wind turbine at Green Mountain Power's 63-MW Kingdom Community Wind project has been erected.
The initial wind turbine is the first of 21 Vestas V112 3.0-MW turbines to be erected on Lowell Mountain that will generate enough renewable electricity for more than 24,000 Vermont homes.
GMP received Public Service Board approval to build the Kingdom Community Wind facility in June of 2011 and broke ground on the project in September.
The project will also continue to provide an economic boost to the Northeast Kingdom communities, including new jobs and economic activity during the construction phase, and ongoing benefits that include significant property tax payments to the Town of Lowell, tax payments to the state education fund and a Good Neighbor Fund to support five surrounding communities.
The project has employed more than 200 workers directly in construction, more than two-thirds from Vermont. Thirteen Vermont employers are actively engaged in building the wind project and over 100 Vermont-based firms and vendors have been involved in some aspect of Kingdom Community Wind.
Kingdom Community Wind will be GMP's second wind farm. The company built a 6 MW wind farm in Searsburg, Vt., in 1997, which continues to generate cost-effective energy for GMP customers.
The project has been well received by the Lowell community, where 75 percent of voters at a heavily attended March 2010 Town Meeting voted to support the project.
GMP expects the project to be operational by the end of 2012.