In August 2008 the Berkshire Wind Power Cooperative Corporation acquired ownership of the assets associated with the proposed 15-megawatt wind power project on Brodie Mountain in Western Massachusetts. The Berkshire Wind Power Cooperative, of which SELCO is a member, is a municipal electric utility cooperative comprised of 14 Massachusetts municipal utilities and the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC).
The Berkshire Wind project is the largest wind power initiative to date in Massachusetts. The 10-turbine, 15MW project became operational in May 2011. SELCO receives about 5 million kWh per year from the project, which is approximately 1.6% of the Town's total energy usage, or enough energy to power about 600 Shrewsbury homes.
The project will help to diversify our power supply and stabilize costs over the long term by reducing reliance on fossil fuels.