By Gary Thomas
The first turbine has been installed at Green Mountain Power’s (GMP) Kingdom Community Wind Project. This is the first of 21 turbines of 3.0-MW capacity to be installed at Lowell Mountain, Vermont.
Kingdom Community Wind
With a total capacity of 63 MW, the Vestas V112 turbines are expected to supply renewable energy to 24,000 homes in Vermont. GMP was granted approval in June 2011 by the Public Service Board to build the King Community Wind facility. The project commenced work in September 2011. Kingdom Community is the second wind farm of GMP with the first one established in 1997 at Searsburg, Vt.
Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power, stated that the installation of the first turbine is a significant project milestone and that the company is adhering to high environmental standards in this project. She also said that Kingdom Community Wind will contribute significantly to their power supply mix in the future. GMP’s efforts towards environmental conservation are unique. An illustration of this is the biological monitoring of streams to be carried out for the first time for a project in Vermont during and after construction of the facility. The company, of its own accord, collected data on water chemistry of streams in the vicinity of the project to determine and preserve water quality. The project also serves as an economic fillip to the Northeast Kingdom communities by way of new jobs and tax payments to the town of Lowell. Economic activity has been given a boost by engaging about 100 Vermont-based vendors and firms in various aspects of the project.