Maryland wind farm officially opens

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 @ 12:07 PM
posted by rene5432

A wind farm in Garrett County, Maryland, which is expected to produce enough renewable energy to power 23,000 homes in the state as well as in Virginia and Delaware, recently became operational.

According to the Cumberland Times-News, approximately 50 members from the community and local officials attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the $140 million project.

The wind farm, which was constructed by Constellation Energy, features 28 turbines located on Backbone Mountain. The Baltimore Sun reports that while the wind farm represents a shift towards renewable energy, the wind farm still produces far less energy than a local coal-fired plant.

Still, many local community members have expressed their support for the wind farm, saying they have benefited from the fact that the turbines are located on their properties, with Constellation Energy signing leases for the land.

"It’s a little bit noisy, but we’ve gotten used to it," Martha White, who has four turbines on her property, told the Times-News. "We’re both on disability, and we were having trouble paying our bills, so this has been a good thing for us."

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