Avangrid Renewables has started commercial operations of their Deerfield wind energy project located in two towns of Vermont, Readsboro and Searsburg.
According to the press release, the towns combined will receive direct annual payments expected to total $6.8 million over the life of the project, and the wind farm will generate an estimated $6 million in tax payments to the state to support education funding. The construction of the project also created roughly 200 jobs and contributed approximately $7.5 million to the local communities.
The wind farm has a capacity of 30MW and is made up of 15 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines which will generate enough power for 14,000 average homes in Vermont each year.
Forest Supervisor for the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests, John Sinclair said, “This project in concept has been at the forefront of our program of work for many years. Today we are proud to recognize the dedicated USFS employees, local leaders, partners and government agencies that have contributed countless hours of work toward making the development of our nation’s first commercial-scale wind energy facility on National Forest System lands a reality here in Vermont.”
Searsburg board member and town energy coordinator, Mike Johnson said, ”This project took a long time, but will deliver big benefits for everyone in Searsburg. It’s a giant boost for clean energy, and we believe the winds of time will prove their worth.”
Vice president of projects for Avangrid Renewables, Dave Carroll said, “We are able to celebrate this milestone because of the hard work of our many partners, especially at the local level. Working with Green Mountain Power, the U.S. Forest Service, and the local communities means we’re able to create clean energy and local economic benefits in rural Vermont.”