On December 3, Governor Deval Patrick, Secretary Rick Sullivan, and other state officials celebrated the near completion of the Hoosac Wind Power Project, located in Florida and Monroe, Massachusetts. When completed, the 19-turbine, 28.5 megawatt project will be the largest wind farm in the Commonwealth, and will produce enough electricity to power more than 10,000 homes.
Said Governor Patrick at the event,
“When I first took office there were three turbines in the Commonwealth and three megawatts of wind energy capacity throughout the state. Since then, Massachusetts has experienced one of the fastest rates of wind energy development in the whole nation. Our state will surpass 100 megawatts of wind energy installed by the end of the year.”
Since development began in 2001, the Hoosac Wind Power Project has created more than 130 temporary construction jobs, as well as several full-time operational positions. Over the course of the 20-year lease, officials expect $6.8 million in tax revenue for the towns and another $3 million in lease payments to local landowners.