News Release — Green Mountain Power
May 19, 2017
Colchester – Green Mountain Power is again offering its popular free public tours of the 21-turbine Kingdom Community Wind project in Lowell, Vermont, during June, July and August. Registration is open for Vermonters and out-of-state visitors to experience a working wind farm and learn how GMP is harnessing the power of wind.
“The best way to understand the benefits of wind power is to see it, and we love how excited people are when they experience the turbines up close,” said Dorothy Schnure, a spokesperson at GMP. “KCW has helped us to lower rates and it continues to be a successful, cost-effective project.”
Tours of the GMP wind project in Lowell have become a popular Vermont activity during the summer. More than 1,200 people have visited the site every summer since tours began in 2013, coming from all over the state, as well from across the country and overseas. Visitors to the plant frequently enjoy local restaurants and shops, making for an enjoyable outing and helping the local economy.
Many of the visitors responded to a survey with comments like: “The towers are a great addition to the area and are a much needed step in the direction of getting away from fossil fuels.,” “Liked the openness of the discussions among the GMP people and the visitors.,” “I particularly like KCW’s attention to environmental issues.,” “I liked the care and attention given to the local communities prior to constructing KCW, as well as the continuing initiative to maintain the landscape and ecosystem on and surrounding the ridge line.”
Each tour lasts approximately 90 minutes, and includes a visit to two of the turbines. The tours are free, but advance registration is required.
To register for a tour, please sign up on the Green Mountain Power website at www.greenmountainpower.com/kingdom-community-wind-tours or call Gert Tetreault at 802-744-6664.
2017 tour dates:
All tours are at 10 am. School groups are welcome and can be arranged by calling 802-655-8418.
Thursday, June 1
Wednesday, June 7
Saturday, June 24
Wednesday, July 5
Wednesday July 12
Saturday, July 22
Wednesday, August 2
Wednesday, August 23
Wednesday, August 30