Avangrid Renewables representatives, joined by Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) and local elected officials, broke ground on the 30-MW Deerfield Wind project on Sept. 19.
Once operational, Deerfield will produce enough energy each year to power around 14,000 average Vermont households with clean, renewable electricity. Avangrid Renewables signed a 25-year power purchase agreement for the project with Green Mountain Power in 2015.
Deerfield, located in Searsburg, Vermont, is expected to become operational by the end of 2017.
The project will include 15 Gamesa wind turbines and will be the first utility-scale project on U.S. Forest Service land in the country. Part of the project will be located near the existing Searsburg turbines and utilize shared roads to minimize the impact during construction, the wind developer said in a news release.
“I am proud that since I took office we have increased solar by eleven times and wind generation by twenty times, and that we now have over 17,000 Vermonters working in clean energy jobs,” said Gov. Shumlin. “I am also proud that we are making this progress even as we now have the second-lowest electric rates in New England, keeping more money in Vermonters’ pockets.”
“Avangrid Renewables is pleased to partner with the U.S. Forest Service, Green Mountain Power, and the local municipalities to bring more than $80 million of renewable energy investment into Vermont,” Avangrid Renewables executive Tim Seck said.
Avangrid Renewables was formerly known as Iberdrola Renewables. Avangrid Renewables, LLC is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, (NYSE:AGR) and the U.S. renewable energy division of parent company IBERDROLA, S.A., an energy pioneer with the one of the largest renewable fleets of any company in the world.