New Hampshire Welcomes First Commercial Wind Farm
New Hampshire Governor John Lynch helped dedicate a 24-megawatt wind farm on June 19 in Lempster, about 55 miles west of Manchester in the southwest part of the state. In his speech, Lynch emphasized the role that renewable energy has in creating jobs in the state.
The Lempster Wind Power Project comprises 12 Gamesa turbines that stand nearly 400 feet tall. The turbines are spread over 1,500 acres of land in the Town of Lempster, most of which is privately owned.
Iberdrola, the Spanish-based company that built the wind farm, says the facility will offset carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to taking about 5,700 cars off the road each year. Public Service of New Hampshire is purchasing all of the electricity generated by the project and is reselling part of it to the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, the local electricity service provider.
Iberdrola says that during peak construction in 2008, the wind farm created about 120 construction jobs, employing local crews and contractors. It also patronized New Hampshire firms that sold concrete, electrical cable, fuel, sand, food, lodging, and other products.
In addition, at least one local land owner will benefit from leasing his land to the project. Of the dozen turbines in the project, 10 of them are sited on land owned by Kevin Onnela, who said he felt extremely proud and fortunate to have helped bring the project to fruition.
At the dedication ceremony, Lynch said, "Our state ... must continue to invest in renewable, sustainable power to ensure that 25 percent of our energy comes from renewable power by 2025. This is New Hampshire's first commercial wind farm, and an important step forward in reaching our goal. We must push ahead in pursuit of a new energy future that will help to protect our environment, create jobs and strengthen our energy independence."
For more information, see the Iberdrola June 19 press release.
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