Burke Mountain hosted an official ribbon cutting for their new wind turbine with Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The new wind turbine, installed in August 2011, was designed by Vermont-based Northern Power Systems.

Looming 121 feet over the summit of Burke Mountain, the wind turbine is expected to produce just under 300,000 kilowatt hours, approximately 15% of the mountain’s electricity use.

Burke is one of only four mountains in the country to have a wind turbine and the second in Vermont, following Bolton Valley. The addition of the wind turbine exemplifies Burke’s dedication to becoming a more sustainable and sensible ski resort. And it doesn't stop there.

Burke Mountain Wind Turbine

Nils Behn from Alteris Renewables, Burke Mountain's General Manager Tim McGuire, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and CEO of Northern Power Systems John Danner pose at the base of the wind turbine. Photo Courtesy of Herb Swanson.

Burke recently unveiled plans for low-density residential neighborhoods that reflects thoughtful growth and a high degree of energy efficiency. The resort is partnering with Michael Graves, a world-renowned resort planner, whose work spans a diverse array of buildings around the world including offices, private buildings, post-modern icons such as the Portland Building in Oregon and the Humana Building in Louisville, Ky.

“We are taking the lead on redefining how resort real estate will be sold in the future,” Vice President and General Manager Tim McGuire said. “Our sensible approach is to only release and build in very limited quantities. Our homes will be a reflection of the mountain, the local community and all the beauty this part of Vermont has to offer. In fact, this is first new neighborhood in nearly a decade. Most importantly, the ski and ride experience will remain authentic.”

Burke wind tower

Burke's new wind turbine produces almost the same energy needed to run the new Mid Burke Express chairlift. Photo Courtesy of Burke Mountain Resort.

Burke is also examining how community farming could play a role in this development. And don't worry, this isn't just smoke and mirrors for urban sprawl.

“There are no plans for a resort village,” McGuire said. “We know Burke loyalists appreciate, and future guests will appreciate, the small town and authentic Vermont experience not found at other resort locations.”

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