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Towns testing the winds

Holland, Oxford lay plans for wind farms

Courtesy, Aeronautica Windpower LLC. (click for larger version)
December 22, 2009
With the Green Communities Act of 2009 pushing for increased percentages of renewable energy flowing through local wires in the coming years, sustainable energy conduction has become a huge topic of interest.

As towns begin to investigate different types of renewable energy sources — a proposed solar farm is currently before officials in Sturbridge — farms in both Holland and Oxford are positioning themselves to move into the future with a new type of crop: electricity.

Mike LaMountain, director of Huguenot Farms at Bondet Hill in Oxford and Northeast Concepts off Mashapaug Road in Holland recently signed into a 25-year leasing agreement with GTS Wind Energy of Plymouth to begin working toward establishing a viable, long-term source of electricity in the two towns.

GTS is a subsidiary of Aeronautica Windpower, also based in Plymouth, specializing in mid-scale wind turbines, smaller than those seen at commercial wind farms, but larger than those used strictly for a single residence.

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