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Governor Patrick celebrates largest wind farm in Massachusetts

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Berkshire County is paving the way for green energy in Massachusetts. It's the site of the Commonwealth's largest wind farm. YNN's Madeleine Rivera has more.

BERKSHIRE COUNTY, Mass. -- "This is about generational responsibility," said Governor Deval Patrick.

Tackling the issue of climate change, Governor Deval Patrick had a strong message to the community.

"There are ways so we can moderate and over time decrease energy by controlling the sources of generation," he said.

One of those sources, which the administration hopes to take advantage of, is wind. The governor celebrated the Hoosac wind power project, a system of 19 turbines in Florida and Monroe. This project will generate power for more than 10,000 homes in the Commonwealth.

"When you think about what they'll do for tens of thousands of homes throughout the state in terms of clean, renewable energy, it adds to the beauty," said Patrick.

The multimillion dollar turbines were manufactured by GE and are operated by Iberdrola Renewables. They're expected to bring in more than $6 million in tax revenue for the host towns.

These turbines are massive, with the single blade the size of a blue whale.

"I think they're beautiful," said Patrick.

But not everyone agrees.

"I'm just overwhelmed that this project has come so close to my home and I'm worried about my family and my future," said Mike Fairneny.

He was one of the handful of people who protested outside of the news conference with the Governor. They claim there are health risks and the turbines decrease the value of their homes.

But like it or not, this project will be fully operational by the end of the year.

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