Berkshire East’s wind turbine celebrated

July 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

CHARLEMONT, Mass. (WWLP) – Clean energy advocates will gather in Franklin County over the weekend to celebrate a multi-million dollar wind turbine that powers one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions.

The 277-foot high wind turbine at Berkshire East cost about $3 million dollars, and will provide year-round electricity to the ski area, which also hosts a variety of summer programs.

The energy generator definitely attracts a lot of attention.

Brenda Walker of Berkshire East said, “Most of them want to know how long the blades are, they are pretty long, 91 feet long. They want to know how much power it generates; we actually power 100 percent with our turbine.”

She also told 22News that the turbine stands atop a 1,100 foot mountain.

It is one of only three turbines of its size currently in western Massachusetts.

People from Massachusetts and beyond will gather at the Charlemont mountain on Saturday morning to attend a breakfast and zip line adventure, which will be hosted by the Massachusetts Energy Consumers Alliance; a nonprofit environmental group.

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