Vermont ski resort area constructs wind turbine
Bolton Valley Resort, located in Vermont, has announced
construction of a wind turbine that will be operational
in late autumn. It is the first wind turbine to be constructed
at a Vermont ski area.
The turbine will be located near the top of the resort’s
Vista Quad lift in an existing clearing adjacent to the
ski patrol hut. It is designed to produce in excess of
300,000 kilowatts of power annually, the equivalent of
electricity consumed by 40 to 45 Vermont households.
The turbine, a Northwind 100 manufactured by Northern
Power Systems of Barre, VT measures 121 feet in height
from the ground to the top of the tower. The distance
from ground to the top of the blade is 156 feet. Each
blade is coated with Teflon to protect against icing.
It is the same process used on turbines in the Bearing
Sea. The turbine will not be obviously visible from beyond
five miles away from the site.
The turbine will be set up to feed excess power that
is not consumed by Bolton Valley into the grid through
the Vermont net metering program.