Wind Turbine Tours Now Available!
Wind Turbine Tours now available, click here for more information.
Thanks for everybody who made this possible. There was a lot of work involved and Berkshire East is sending a big thanks to the town of Charlemont, Greenfield Savings Bank, Sustainable Energy Development, Powerwind, the construction crews from a lot of great companies and the people within Berkshire East who kept this thing on track.
Berkshire East's 900kWh wind turbine, produces 100% of the Berkshire East's annual electrical need. This makes Berkshire East the first ski area in the nation to produce 100% of our electricity from an onsite, renewable source.
The turbine will generate approximately 2.2 million kWh of electricity each year
The wind turbine is 277 feet tall
Each blade is 91 feet long, there are three of them
The center of the hub, is about 195 feet in the air.
The blades spin at 27 rpm, at maximum.
The installed turbine price was approximately $3 million
Berkshire East received a renewable energy grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center for $440,000. The first part of the grant was a $70,000 research grant that proved the viability of the turbine. The second part paid for a portion of the installation. Berkshire East is also supported by a Federal Treasury grant that helps to offset a significant portion of the costs. Payback for this project will take approximately 7-10 years.
This machine will power 100% of our facility!
You could reach similar savings in greenhouse gasses by ...
Planting 85,356 trees per year
Driving 2,338,400 less miles per year
Burning 94,372 less gallons of fuel oil per winter
Is made by Powerwind, and is considered one of the best manufactured turbines on the market
We spent nearly 3 years researching this project, spent 7 months in permitting and considered many different options
The nacelle houses the generator and has a window out the top to look around
The hub and three blades went up together in one piece
This machine is located nearly 3500 feet from the nearest house
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