Wind Power Facts

Project Facts

  • The U.S.’s wind power capacity was more than 121,000 MW at the end of 2020.

  • The U.S. has the second greatest total of installed wind capacity in the world. Wind provides more than 10% of electricity in 16 states and more than 30% in Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

  • In 2020, wind power installations outpaced those in solar power for the first time in several years and represented $24.6 billion of investment.

  • Wind-related job totals in the U.S. increased by 1.8% in 2020, to 116,800 full-time workers. These jobs include, among others, construction (42,300) and manufacturing (23,900).

  • A typical onshore wind project in the U.S. sources 57% of its components (by dollar value) domestically.

  • Thirty-five states, plus Puerto Rico, had more than 100 MW of wind capacity as of the end of 2020, with 20 of these above 1 GW, 17 above 2 GW, and 11 above 3 GW.
  • 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
  • Phase I Capacity Factor since COD: 24.53%
  • Phase II Capacity Factor since COD: 29.55%
  • Estimated Capital Investment in the Berkshires for the Project: $76.48 million
  • Comprehensive Fact Sheet