Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Dec. 3 praised the completion of the 28-MW Hoosac wind project developed by Iberdrola Renewables in the towns of Florida, Mass., and Monroe, Mass.
The wind power project is located just south of the Vermont border. NSTAR, a Northeast Utilities (NYSE: NU) company, will purchase all the energy produced at this new facility.
In a news release, Patrick said that Hoosac represents the largest wind energy facility in both Massachusetts and southern New England.
In total, Hoosac’s 19 turbines generate 28.5 MW of renewable energy. Each General Electric (NYSE: GE) turbine can produce up to 1.5 MW,
The project includes 19 turbines made in the US that will work to produce enough electricity to power over 10,000 homes a year. The project will offset about 64 million pounds of carbon dioxide a year, relative to conventional electricity generation.
Since development began in early 2001, the project has created more than 130 temporary construction jobs, and employs several full-time operations jobs, Patrick said.
In 2009, Patrick announced an ambitious 2,000 MW wind power target by 2020. Installing wind capacity of 2,000 MW would provide enough power for 800,000 homes and meet an estimated 10% of the state’s current electric load with wind power.
Hoosac and other New England wind projects have faced some opposition from conservation groups who question the overall benefit of “industrial wind.”