Mahanoy Township, Pennsylvania [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Governor Edward G. Rendell set in motion the wind turbines of Pennsylvania’s newest wind farm June 19, saying the state’s strategic investments in and commitment to renewable energy technologies are helping the commonwealth. Locust Ridge will produce 68,328 megawatt-hours annually.
“This is an exciting day for Pennsylvania,” said Governor Rendell while standing atop Locust Ridge in Schuylkill County. “This project shows the kind of growth we can achieve by committing ourselves to clean and renewable energy, and by making the strategic investments necessary to attract leading companies that create quality jobs for our men and women.
“Pennsylvania has established itself as a top destination for alternative energy companies and development projects. Some of the world’s leading companies in the field, like Iberdrola and Gamesa—the two companies involved here today — have chosen to set up shop in Pennsylvania. They realize that they can compete and succeed here because of our commitment to growing this industry and our competitive business environment.”
The wind farm, owned by Iberdrola, was developed by its affiliate, Community Energy Inc., which has more than 2,000 MW of wind power capacity at projects already operating or are in development. Gamesa constructed the 13 turbines at the Locust Ridge Wind Farm. Both companies are international clean energy leaders that chose to establish operations in Pennsylvania as a result of the Rendell administration’s energy policies and strategic investments.
Pennsylvania is already a leader in wind energy production on the East Coast with 179 megawatts (MW) of capacity, including Locust Ridge. Within the next 12 months, the commonwealth expects new wind farm projects will add another 214 MW of capacity and more than double the state’s current capacity.