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02-25-11

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A MONTHLY SECTION OF NE W ENGLAND REAL ESTATE JOURNAL Sustainable Energy Developments brings PowerWind wind turbine to Berkshire East CHARLEMONT, MA The perfect match – that’s what Sustainable Energy Developments, Inc. (SED) set out to find when Berkshire East Canopy Tours and Ski Area general manager, Jonathan Schaefer, approached the Ontario, N.Y. wind development company about the potential of a wind project at his Mass. based ski re- sort. After much research and a visit to Germany, SED chief executive officer Kevin Schulte, found that perfect match in the PowerWindwind turbine. In 2006, Schulte initiated a search for mid-size (600kW to 1MW) wind technologies in an effort to ap- propriately serve the community wind market. A year into his exploration, Schulte learned of PowerWind, a German based manufacturer of wind turbines with pro- duction facilities in Bremerhaven. The fact that PowerWind was not ready to come to the U.S. did not stop Schulte’s search. In 2008 SED sponsored Windustry’s Community Wind Energy Con- ference in Albany. Jon and Jim Schaefer, who run the family owned and operated Berkshire East Ski Area, ap- proached the SED booth at the conference. The Schaefers had already taken several steps in their efforts to go green and were ready to take the next step towards a wind project. Schulte and project man- FEBRUARY 2011 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Adam Braillard ....................................................2 Personality Profiles ..........................................12 Green Product Association .............................15 Green Roundtable NEXUS ..............................16 EBC-New England ............................................17 Printed on recycled paper Sponsored by: ager Dave Strong moved Berkshire East and the Schaefers through the next phases of the wind project process, includ- ing applying for and receiving a feasibil- ity grant from the Mass. Clean Energy Center (MCEC) in the summer of 2008. In the spring of 2009 Schulte got together with PowerWind officials at the American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER 2009 in Chicago. SED had already completed the feasibility study for Berkshire East and, with a design and construction grant from the MCEC, was entering what proved to be a challenging permitting stage. The feasibility study proved the ski resort to be an ideal site for a wind proj- ect; now Schulte just needed a wind turbine to make the project the most economical and environmental for the Schaefers. The PowerWind 56 was that perfect match, and throughout the six months of permitting the wind turbine and a visit to their manufacturing facility in Hamberg by Schulte next month, SED and PowerWind came to a mutual decision to bring the PowerWind 56, a 900kW wind turbine, to the Berkshire East Ski Area. SED and PowerWind are two young, growing com- panies, much like Berkshire East was at its foundation. The Schaefers meeting with WindPower’s head of mar- keting Carsten Dickman and product manager Ralph Diehl along with Schulte and Strong proved the three companies had more in common than wind energy. Dickman expressed that 150 families in Hamburg were excited to be connected to Berkshire East’s future while the Schaefer’s connected the 200 families that would benefit from PowerWind’s technology, keeping the business alive well into the future.

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