Blog : Eolian creates clean renewable energy while permanently conserving land

By Ken | May 20, 2015 | in

by Ken Johnson

Wind is a vast, natural, and renewable energy. Despite being used as a power source for centuries, it wasn't until 1888 that Charles Brush first harnessed its potential to create electricity.

Eolian Renewable Energy, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, carries on Brush's work on a much larger scale. Brush's first wind turbine powered one home. Eolian's current project in Antrim, New Hampshire, will power about 12,500 average New Hampshire homes when finished.

Eolian has worked on the nine turbine Antrim project since 2009, doing extensive environmental studies to ensure its implementation has a minimal impact. No harmful emissions will be released and no new transmission lines need to be built, since there is an existing high voltage transmission line at the base of the new facility. And Eolian ensures there are no threatened or endangered species at the site.

 Eolian, as a company, always aims to minimize impacts of their projects through years of study into location, while maximizing local benefits. Eolian also seeks community engagement in all of their projects.

“... It's a project we believe it really is probably one of the best sited wind projects that we have seen in the state of New Hampshire,” Jack Kenworthy, CEO of Eolian, said. “It has enjoyed long standing support from the town of Antrim, which is difficult to achieve, and we are very proud of our ability to have garnered and maintained that support over so many years. And we continue to have a very strong and positive relationship with both the leadership and the residents of the town.”

Not only will the Antrim project provide clean renewable energy, the project will, due to agreements with the town of Antrim, the Harris Center for Conservation Education and the individual land owners, permanently preserve 908 acres of valuable open-space forest, including 100 percent of the project ridge line.

The Antrim project will also make Eolian the largest tax payer in Antrim. A pilot agreement between Eolian and the town of Antrim for payment in lieu of taxes has been arranged. It is the highest per megawatt pilot agreement for any wind project in the state.

“... I think it's a tremendous opportunity to advance New Hampshire's goals for clean energy development, while at the same time advancing both local and regional goals for clean energy and open space conservation in a way that has enjoyed very long standing, broad and deep support from the town of Antrim,” Kenworthy said.

Eolian Renewable Energy is an energy company who is dedicated to local renewable energy and is a Corporate Partner with the Green Alliance. To learn more about Eolian, visit their website here. To join the Green Alliance, click here.