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Hoosac Wind

Location: Florida and Monroe, Massachusetts

Online: December, 2012

NERC region: NPCC

Power Market: NEPOOL

Rising on Crum Hill in Monroe and on Bakke Mountain in Florida, wind power is a truly sustainable crop that Massachusetts can harvest. It allows landowners to keep their land undivided, while contributing to the state’s environmental and economic health. The 28.5 Megawatt (MW) Hoosac Wind Project was built with turbines manufactured at facilities all across the U.S.

Turbines: 19 (GE 1.5 MW)
Output: 28.5 MW
Customer: NSTAR

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Households Served: Each turbine can produce up to one and one half megawatts or 2,000 horsepower. The total project will power more than 10,000 homes annually.

Technology: The 1.5 MW GE-brand turbines are on a 213 foot (65 meter) tubular steel tower for a total height of 340 feet.

Local Economic Benefits: Approximately $261,000 in annual PILOT payments are made to the host towns ($151,000 to Florida, $110,000 to Monroe), escalating with inflation — approximately $6.8 million over the life of the PILOT agreement.

In addition, the towns host turbines on town owned land which will generate approximately $3 million in revenue over the life of the project. The project created 3 permanent jobs, 140 construction jobs at peak and purchased many products and services locally.

Energy and Environmental Benefits: The Hoosac Wind Power Project offsets approximately 100 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year relative to conventional electricity generation. That’s equivalent to the estimated annual emissions produced by 9,400 cars or consuming more than 112,000 barrels of oil.