U.S. local energy utility Green Mountain Power announced last week it had received regulatory consent to build its proposed 63 MW wind farm in the state of Vermont.
The $150-million Kingdom Community Wind project will include 21 wind turbines and produce electricity enough to supply 20,000 households, the company said.
Green Mountain Power is cooperating on the project with local utility Vermont Electric Cooperative.
Construction of the new facility is seen to create hundreds of jobs and is expected to finish by December 2012 in order to qualify for $40 million in federal production tax credits. As this is a utility-owned project, the tax credits will flow through to customers, reducing their electricity costs.
This will be Green Mountain Power's second wind farm in Vermont, after the 6-MW wind plant built in 1997.