Oakfield Wind Project Gets Underway in Maine.

First Wind hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of major construction on its 148 megawatt (MW) Oakfield Wind project in Aroostook County, Maine. Community and industry leaders joined to mark First Wind’s sixth project in Maine and the company’s largest in New England, which will not only provide $27 million in tax and community benefit payments to the town of Oakfield and the surrounding community over the next 20 years, but will also bring clean, cost-competitive renewable energy to New England. Earlier this year, First Wind made the first community payment in the amount of $600,000 as part of the community benefit agreement.

Oakfield Wind project will provide $27 million in tax and community benefit payments to the town of Oakfield and the surrounding community over the next 20 years.

Situated about 2.5 miles from the center of the town of Oakfield, the project will utilize pre-existing commercial logging roads and infrastructure and will create about 300 direct, full-time jobs during construction. By the time construction is estimated to be completed at the end of 2015, the Oakfield Wind project will increase the total capital expenditures made by First Wind for wind projects sited in Maine to over $1 billion.

Once complete, the Oakfield Wind project will increase the total capital expenditures made by First Wind for wind projects sited in Maine to over $1 billion. The company currently has five operational wind projects in Maine including the 42 MW Mars Hill Wind project in Aroostook County, the 83 MW Stetson Wind I and II projects in Washington County, the 60 MW Rollins Wind project in Penobscot County, and the 34 MW Bull Hill Wind project in Hancock County. These combined facilities have a 219 MW capacity, enough to supply clean power for the equivalent of more than 90,000 households every year.

First Wind also has three wind projects in advanced development including the 51 MW Hancock Wind project in Hancock County, the 48 MW Bowers Wind project in Penobscot and Washington Counties, and the 186 MW Bingham Wind project in Somerset County. (9/24/14)

 

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