Milton/Georgia, Vermont, USA … The photos are in and the visitors are tallied. Georgia Mountain Community Wind farm (GMCW) opened the turbine doors and greeted over 750 community members atop Georgia Mountain at their Sunday open house recently.
The Open House and Dedication Ceremony took place while the four 2.5MW Goldwind turbines generated power and guests enjoyed local Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Over 17 school bus loads of visitors road to the top of Georgia Mountain to see the wind turbines operating up close, share in a dedication ceremony and learn more about the project.
On a day when wind speeds averaged 16 miles per hour out of the southeast, and the sun shining, Milton, Georgia and surrounding community members visited the site, asked many questions, and snapped photos of themselves and the project.
GMCW, which completed construction December 31, will produce an estimated 27 million kWh annually. The energy from the Chittenden County project is providing approximately 8 percent of the City of Burlington, Vermont’s energy demand through a long-term stably priced contract.
The project is owned by two local business leaders and life-long Vermonters: renewable energy manufacturer and developer David Blittersdorf and Georgia Mountain Maples operator Jim Harrison/the Harrison Family.
“It is incredibly exciting to have this project complete and powering the community. So much about this project features the best of local community wind, from where the energy will be used and where the workers came from, to the project’s local ownership and financing,” said Blittersdorf, who is also the President/CEO of solar tracker manufacturer, AllEarth Renewables.
“This local, renewable generation project is what the future is about for our grandchildren,” Jim and Janet Harrison expressed to the dedication ceremony crowds. “Georgia Mountain Wind and our sugaring operation fit right in to Vermont’s proud tradition of self-reliance and a productive landscape.”
Also attending the ceremony were Vermont Speaker of the House Shap Smith, Milton Fire Chief Don Turner, Merchants Bank President Michael Tuttle , leaders from the Burlington Electric Department, and a representative to U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, among others.
For more information contact:
Martha Staskus, GMCW, 802-825-8673
View the Vermont Business Magazine article: http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/june/georgia-wind-farm-draws-750-open-house