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Berkshire Wind dedicates large Mass. wind farm

May 5, 2011

Globe Staff

Berkshire Wind Power Cooperative Corp. said today that it has dedicated the largest wind farm in Massachusetts so far, a 10-turbine, 15-megawatt facility that sits atop Brodie Mountain in Hancock.

A number of government officials, including Governor Deval Patrick, attended the ceremony, said Berkshire Wind Power, which added that Brodie Mountain is one of the windiest places in Massachusetts.

The cooperative's press release included a statement from Patrick, who said: "This project marks a new era of renewable energy development in Massachusetts today. Creating scores of jobs in its construction, helping to create relief from the price volatility and pollution of imported fossil fuels, and advancing Massachusetts' nation-leading goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the use of renewable energy, Berkshire Wind is a beacon of our clean energy future," he said.

A goal of Patrick's administration is to have 2,000 megawatts of wind power installed in Massachusetts by 2020.

Berkshire Wind Power is a nonprofit cooperative that includes the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co. (or MMWEC) and the municipal utilities that serve such communities as Boylston, Groton, Ipswich, Marblehead, Peabody, Shrewsbury, Sterling, Templeton, Wakefield, and West Boylston.