In what is said to be a first in the United States Heritage Aviation, a new general aviation facility at the Burlington International Airport, has installed a wind turbine on-site at their part of the airport. This 100-foot wind turbine, in conjunction with other renewable energy sources found on-site, makes this particular part of Vermont’s Burlington airport very energy efficient. It is said, according to the Burlington Free Press, that the wind turbine installation underwent “intense scrutiny from the Federal Aviation Administration” before being given the green light.
In addition to the Northwind 100, a 100kW wind turbine manufactured by Northern Power of Barre VT, one can also find at the Heritage Aviation location a 25kW solar electric system and a solar hot water (thermal) system. All three of these systems were installed by Alteris Renewables, a renewable energy company in the Northeast. These systems will add to Heritage’s attempt to make its office and hanger facilities LEED certified, and the combined energy products will both reportedly offset approximately $14,600 in energy costs 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, in a statement. “The Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF), with their funding and Alteris Renewables, with their sophisticated engineering capabilities, helped make this renewable system possible.”
Heritage Aviation Wind Turbine [via press release]