SOURCE: Green Mountain Power

Green Mountain Power

September 19, 2011 11:19 ET

GMP and NPS Award Wind Turbine

COLCHESTER, VT--(Marketwire - Sep 19, 2011) - Green Mountain Power is pleased to announce that Northlands Job Corps of Vergennes has been selected to host the first wind turbine installation of the Green Mountain Power & Northern Power Systems Community Wind Partnership to promote local wind power.

"This is just the first of what we hope to be many Vermont-made community-scale wind turbines in our state," said Mary Powell, president and chief executive officer of Green Mountain Power. "Distributed generation, where customers and communities produce their own electricity, is going to play an increasingly important role in our energy future. We want to help our customers realize this future in the easiest and most cost effective way possible."

Northlands Job Corps' Center Director, Jim Linday is enthusiastic about hosting this first turbine. "Job Corps centers and all large facilities need to be progressive in looking at alternative ways to generate power and save energy. We're proud to be in partnership with Green Mountain Power to develop alternative ways to reduce our carbon footprint."

The Northlands Job Corps was selected from more than 60 applicants to host the turbine because of its excellent wind resource, its public service mission, close proximity to distribution voltage 3 phase power lines, and a parcel size sufficient for permitting.

"Designed and manufactured in Barre, Vermont, the 121 foot tall NPS 100 turbine is ideally suited to a community setting. The turbine is similar in height to a church steeple or a water tower," said John Danner, President and CEO of Northern Power Systems. "Our next-generation design creates an extremely reliable, quiet and safe turbine that enables successful distributed energy generation."

The turbine at the Northlands Job Corp site is expected to generate annually the same amount of energy used by 20 average Vermont homes and offset over 65 tons of CO2. The turbine will be group net-metered, with the Job Corps receiving 10% of the energy generated from the turbine and Green Mountain Power using the rest. Green Mountain Power will own, operate, and maintain the Northern Power 100kW (the NPS 100) permanent magnet direct drive (PM/DD) distributed wind turbine on the Northlands Job Corps campus.

Northern Power Systems will provide web-based monitoring of the turbine enabling Northlands Job Corps and others in the community to view the clean, renewable power and other environmental benefits being created by the NPS 100 in real time. Installation of the turbine is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

"We are very excited to do this project in Vergennes with an exemplary community organization like Northlands Job Corps," said Ms. Powell. "GMP-NPS Community Wind is unique in that it uses local technology and local companies to generate local renewable energy and local jobs. There's an important role for renewable companies like Northern Power in Vermont's energy future, and we're happy to help bring that future to fruition."

The contractor selected to erect the turbine is Engineers Construction. Encore Redevelopment is serving as project manager.

About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com) generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the State of Vermont and is a leader in wind and solar generation. It serves more than 96,000 customers.

About Northern Power Systems
Northern Power Systems has been working for more than 30 years toward electrifying the world with clean, renewable wind energy one wind turbine at a time. The company's next generation wind turbine technology is based on a vastly simplified architecture that utilizes a unique combination of a permanent magnet generator and direct-drive design. This revolutionary approach delivers higher energy capture, eliminates drive-train noise, and significantly reduces maintenance and downtime costs. Northern Power Systems is a fully integrated company that designs, manufactures, and sells wind turbines into the global marketplace from its headquarters in Barre, Vermont with additional offices in Massachusetts and Michigan, USA, and Zurich, Switzerland. For more information, please visit www.northernpower.com/community-wind