Gov. Patrick to visit wind energy farm
FLORIDA, Mass. (AP) -- The state's largest wind energy farm is nearing completion.
Gov. Deval Patrick and state Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ricahrd Sullivan are scheduled to pay a visit on Monday to the Hoosac Wind Power project, which is being built in the western Massachusetts towns of Florida and Monroe.
The 19-turbine wind farm is on track to be completed by the end of the year and is expected to generate enough power for 6,000 homes.
The project is being built by Iberdola Renewables. The company estimates that the 340-foot turbines will offset about 100 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
Both Florida and Monroe will receive annual payments in lieu of property taxes for hosting the wind farm over the next 20 years.