Wind Power Facts

Project Facts

  • The U.S.’s wind power capacity was more than 96,000 MW at the end of 2018, making it the largest renewable generation capacity in the country. That’s enough electricity to offset the consumption of 25 million homes.

  • As of 2017, there is now utility-scale wind power installed in 41 states and distributed wind installed in all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • Wind energy provides more than 10% of total electricity generation in 14 states and more than 30% in Kansas, Iowa, and Oklahoma.

  • Wind turbines can have as many as 8,000 different components and the majority of the components in U.S. turbines are manufactured in the U.S. There are 500 wind-related manufacturing facilities located in 41 states, and the U.S. wind industry currently employs more than 114,000 people.

  • Wind power is anticipated to save consumers $280 billion by 2050.
  • Location: Ridgeline of Brodie Mountain in Hancock, MA at an elevation of 2,500 feet
  • Number of Turbines: 12
  • Type of Turbines: 10 GE 1.5 MW turbines and 2 GE 2.3 MW turbines
  • Turbine Height: 262 feet to the turbine hub and 390 feet to the tip of the blade (original 10 turbines), 262 feet to the turbine hub and 456 feet to the tip of the blade (2 new turbines)
  • Capacity: Total of 19.6 MW, enough to serve approximately 7,800 homes annually
  • Capacity Factor: Nearly 40%
  • Estimated Capital Investment in the Berkshires for the Project: $76.48 million
  • Comprehensive Fact Sheet