Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Heritage Aviation Installs Nation's First On-Site Wind Turbine
It is a Northwind 100, a 100kW wind turbine manufactured by Northern Power of Barre VT. Heritage Aviation has also installed a 25kW solar electric system and a solar hot water (thermal) system, rounding out its complete on-site renewable energy generation portfolio.
All three Heritage Aviation renewable solutions were installed by Alteris Renewables, the fastest-growing renewable energy company in the Northeast on the Inc. 500. The renewable energy installations are part of Heritage Aviation's process to qualify their new office and hangar facilities for LEED certification.
The photovoltaic (PV) solar electric system includes 120 Evergreen 210 watt solar panels on the office-building roof. The combined output of the wind turbine and both solar energy systems are expected to offset approximately $14,600 in energy costs at the location each year, and produce enough energy to power over 40 Vermont homes.
"We're proud to be on the leading edge of energy efficiency, corporate responsibility and environmental stewardship, in our region and in the aviation industry," explained Christopher Hill, president of Heritage Aviation. "The Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF), with their funding and Alteris Renewables, with their sophisticated engineering capabilities, helped make this renewable system possible."
"With the installation of the Northwind 100 wind turbine, Heritage Aviation has completed a full suite of renewable energy solutions provided by Alteris including solar electric and solar hot water systems," said Bob Chew, president of Alteris Renewables' Wind Business Unit. "We are proud to work with such forward-thinking companies such as Heritage Aviation that strongly support investing in renewable energy to improve the bottom line for their business."