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By Samuel R. Avro on Mar 5, 2009 with no responses

First Wind Receives Approval For Wind Farm Expansion in Maine

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First Wind announced that it had received the approval it was seeking from the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission to build a 25.5 megawatt (MW) expansion of the Stetson Wind project outside of Danforth, Maine.

In late January, the original 38-turbine, 57 MW Stetson Wind project became operational.

The approved expansion of the project is expected to power up to 10,000 homes.

“The first phase of the Stetson Wind project has provided a real boost to the Maine economy, creating approximately 350 jobs and seeing more than $50 million spent in Maine,” said First Wind’s Chief Development Officer, Kurt Adams.

“We expect the expansion of the Stetson project to also have a significant economic impact. Maine recognizes the economic and environmental benefits of wind projects like ours, and we’re excited to have the opportunity to move forward with a new project that will deliver more clean, renewable power to residents of Maine and New England.”

The proposed expansion of the Stetson project adjacent to the existing Stetson project will consist of 17 GE 1.5 MW turbines.

“This is good news for our region. The expansion of wind power at Stetson Mountain not only helps us lessen reliance on foreign sources of energy and reduce carbon emissions, but it helps position Washington County to leverage job-creation and economic development in the green energy sector,” said Senate Republican Leader Kevin Raye, who represents Washington County in the Maine Senate.

After completion of the additional 17 wind turbines, the project will have a combines total of 55 turbines. The 25.5 MW expansion, combined with the original Stetson project, will make it an 82.5 MW facility.