David Blittersdorf, CEO of AllEarth Renewables, based in Williston, Vermont, announced the groundbreaking for the Holiday Hill Community Wind Project in Russell, Massachusetts. The two turbine, 5 MW project has broad local support and will be generating power for the surrounding Massachusetts communities by the summer of 2019. The project is being developed with resources that were originally intended to build the Kidder Hill Community Wind Project in Lowell, VT. On February 28, 2018 Kidder Hill Community Wind announced that it was stopping project planning activities, citing a hostile environment for wind energy in Vermont.
“The communities of Chicopee, Russell and Westfield should be commended for taking charge of their energy future,” said Blittersdorf. “While we are thrilled that we have broken ground on this important project, the sentiment is bittersweet for me. The turbines being used for this project were originally intended to be used here in my home state of Vermont. Sadly, Vermont continues to make the unfortunate decision to rely on our neighbors for energy solutions, and, as a result, we are forced to focus our efforts on developing renewables in other states where the political climate is more amicable toward renewable energy projects.”
Lifelong Vermonter, Blittersdorf, is a passionate renewable energy advocate, and Holiday Hill Community Wind is part of his vision for combatting our CO2 emissions crisis. In the past seven years, Blittersdorf has led three separate partnerships in building two 2.2 MW community scale solar farms in South Burlington, as well as Georgia Mountain Community Wind, a 10 MW wind farm whose power is purchased by the Vermont utility Burlington Electric Department.
Russell Municipal Light Department (RMLD) was founded in 1920 by citizens who had the foresight to believe locally owned and controlled electric service would benefit the Town of Russell. “Russell continues to be an innovative, progressive organization dedicated to providing quality service, low rates and bringing affordable, environmentally friendly renewable energy to the community,” said Alan Robinson, General Manager of RMLD. “We are pleased that we are able to partner with David Blittersdorf to move this project forward and provide clean and renewable energy to our customers.”
Blittersdorf is also a project partner for Dairy Air Wind, a single turbine project proposed in a cornfield on a 450-acre dairy farm in Holland, VT. Dairy Air Wind was awarded a state Standard Offer contract to sell electricity in Vermont but has been stalled in permitting for almost two years. As detailed in a recent article in the Energy News Network (http://bit.ly/DairyAirFarmWind), Dairy Air Wind is the last remaining wind project under development in Vermont.
AllEarth Renewables’ website is allearthrenewables.com.