First Wind Files Permit Application to Build a Proposed 51 Megawatt (MW) Wind Project in Maine
First Wind today announced that it has filed a permit application with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to build a proposed 51 megawatt (MW) wind project in the town of Oakfield in Aroostook County. The proposed Oakfield Wind project will consist of up to 34 GE 1.5 MW turbines that can produce enough energy to power more than 20,000 homes.
"Maine continues to foster the development of renewable energy, and we are excited to continue work to provide indigenous renewable and clean wind power," said Matt Kearns, First Wind's Vice President of Development for New England. "In addition to its many environmental and renewable energy attributes, the Oakfield Wind project will offer significant economic benefits to the state, Aroostook County, and most importantly to the Oakfield community. We are looking forward to working with members of the community to advance this project."
Oakfield Wind would be the second project for First Wind
in Aroostook County
, which owns and operates the 42 MW Mars Hill Wind project. The project has helped significantly lower taxes for Mars Hill residents and utilized hundreds of Maine residents during the design, engineering and construction of the project. The Oakfield Wind project would have a similarly positive effect on the local economy.
First Wind also owns and operates the 57 MW Stetson Wind project in Washington County, and recently received approval from the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) to build a 25.5 megawatt (MW) expansion. In addition, the company has submitted a permit application with the DEP for the 60 MW Rollins Wind project near the town of Lincoln.
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