About Wind Power
Seizing the (windy) days.
GMP is committed to encouraging the development of new renewable energy resources. As part of that goal, GMP has made a serious investment in developing wind power in Vermont. Two examples of that investment can be seen in our Searsburg Wind Facility, and the Kingdom Community Wind project in Lowell, Vermont.
Kingdom Community Wind
Working together with Vermont Electric Coop, Green Mountain Power has built 21 wind turbines along the ridgeline of the Lowell Mountain Range. This location offers both a reliable source of wind, and also the infrastructure necessary to bring the project online. For more information on Kingdom Community Wind, check out this FAQ.
In June, July and August each year we offer a weekly public tour of Kingdom Community Wind so Vermonters can see and hear the project up close and learn how GMP is harnessing the wind to make electricity for more than 24,000 homes.The tours are free, but advance registration is required. Click here for the tour schedule and registration information.
Construction of Kingdom Community Wind September 2012
Searsburg Wind Facility
The wind turbines at the Searsburg power plant provide 6-megwatts of emissions-free, renewable energy; enough to power about 2,000 households. It also serves as an education resource for wind generation in cold climates and environmentally sensitive regions. When construction was completed in 1997, Searsburg became the largest wind power facility in the eastern part of the United States.
Searsburg became a hub for research and analyses for how to optimize electricity production with wind turbines in cold climates. Educators, industry representatives, and other organizations from around the nation have come to Searsburg to learn about developing and operating a wind energy station in a harsh winter environment.
Every year we offer several free public tours of the Searsburg wind facility, to give the public a chance to learn more about Vermont's most abundant renewable resource and the amazing technology we use to harness the wind. Visit http://www.northeastwind.com/tours for the Searsburg tour schedule and registration information.
For a good overview of how wind turbines work, visit this resource on the Department of Energy website.