Construction on western Mass. wind farm under way

MONROE, Mass. (AP) –
Construction has started on a 19-turbine wind farm in western
Massachusetts that when finished will generate enough electricity to
power 6,000 homes.

The Hoosac Wind Power Project on two hilltops in the towns of Monroe and Florida is being built by Iberdrola Renewables.

Iberdrola officials say the
340-foot tall turbines will offset about 100 million pounds of carbon
dioxide per year when they go online in December, or the equivalent of
the annual emissions produced by 9,400 cars.

The Recorder of Greenfield
reports that the project is expected to generate $257,000 in annual
payments in lieu of taxes for the host communities for the next 20
years. Monroe, with a population of about 120 people, will get $122,000
per year. Florida, a town of 750, will receive $135,000.

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