The Kidder Hill Community Wind project (KHCW) is being advanced by a group of local Vermont resource specialists and project managers.
Kidder Hill Community Wind is the latest wind project of lifelong Vermonter David Blittersdorf, an experienced renewable energy business leader.
David grew up in Pittsford, Vermont within view of Vermont’s first grid-connected, 1.25 MW wind turbine generator on Grandpa’s Knob. At the age of 14, he built his first wind turbine to power lights for the small shack where he boiled sap into maple syrup.
After graduating from The University of Vermont (UVM) in 1981 with a mechanical engineering degree, David founded NRG Systems in 1982. He grew NRG Systems into one of the nation’s most successful wind energy companies, providing wind measurement instruments across the globe.
In 2005, David started a new company, AllEarth Renewables, which manufactures a dual-axis, grid-tied solar tracking system known today as the AllEarth Solar Tracker. AllEarth Renewables has received recognition as one of Vermont’s fastest growing businesses over five years, and also was ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
In 2012, David became an owner of Georgia Mountain Community Wind, LLC. Georgia Mountain Community Wind (GMCW), a four wind turbine, 10 MW project along the Georgia and Milton Vermont town border, came online in December 2012. Today it provides enough electricity to meet the needs of over 4,200 average Vermont households. Through his passionate commitment to renewables, David has seen firsthand the benefits clean renewable energy can bring to a community.
Kidder Hill Community Wind is working with Vermont consultants to assess and maximize the project’s benefits for the Lowell/Irasburg community and the natural environment, and to avoid or minimize potential adverse impacts.
Leading the team is Vermont Environmental Research Associates, Inc. (VERA), a Waterbury-based firm that is managing the project and guiding its development.
VERA has, for more than thirty years, helped the region transition to a cleaner and more secure energy future by providing services to wind companies, utilities, state agencies and private landowners to develop and commission renewable energy facilities. VERA’s team played a significant role in developing four of the five permitted wind facilities in Vermont, including Georgia Mountain Community Wind in Milton/Georgia, for which they continue as Project Manager, , Kingdom Community Wind, Deerfield Wind and the state’s first multi-wind turbine site commissioned in 1997, the Searsburg Wind Facility.
Krebs & Lansing
Civil Engineering Colchester, VT
Designing on-site road improvements and storm water management to protect wetlands, vernal pools, and downstream water quality
Assessing the aesthetic effects of the project on the surrounding landscape and its consistency with town and regional plans
Legal Counselors & Advocates, PLC
Representing KHCW at the Vermont Public Service Board in the Certificate of Public Good review process and other related permitting processes
Planning the power interconnection
Analyzing the economic benefit to the region, the state and its residents
Resource Systems Group, Inc
White River Junction, VT
Studying existing ambient sound conditions around the project area, modeling project sound profiles, and will monitor operational sounds to ensure compliance with public health standards
Stantec Consulting Services
South Burlington, VT
Studying local and migratory populations of birds and bats to assess potential and impacts
South Burlington, VT
Assessing the existing natural resources, natural community habitats