First Wind Turbine at Ski Resort Begins Generating Power

Earlier this month, the blades of a GE 1.5 MW wind turbine caught the Berkshire, Massachusetts breeze and began generating electricity to directly satisfy Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort’s electrical demands.

Sitting high atop the Jiminy Peak mountain resort, the wind turbine is a testament to the viability of renewable wind energy as an on-site power resource. Sustainable Energy Developments Inc., based in Ontario, NY, conducted the initial feasibility study, construction and turbine installation.

“SED is proud to be the driving force behind this pioneering project,” said Kevin Schulte, Co-Founder and Vice President of Consulting for SED.

“This type of on-site wind project demonstrates the changing attitudes of private enterprise to take risks on projects that provide environmental benefits in addition to significant economic returns. We think this project will inspire the ski industry and businesses in general to undertake similar projects where benefits are measured both on the bottom line as well as by a project’s ability to help preserve the earth for future generations.” 

The 1.5 MW wind turbine will produce an average of 5,000 kWh per day in August and up to 20,000 kWh per day in the windier fall and winter months. The wind turbine is expected to reduce the resort’s high electricity costs by more than 50% each year.

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