First Wind details Maine turbine project

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First Wind LLC filed a permit application in Maine Wednesday to build a 51 megawatt wind farm in the central part of the state

The application filed with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection calls for the Newton, Mass., wind developer to construct 34 turbines in the town of Oakland, about 20 miles north of the state capital of Augusta. First Wind says the project would generate enough energy to power 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, vice president of development for Cape Wind’s New England division, in a statement.

If approved, the project would be First Wind’s third wind farm in Maine. The company operates a 42 megawatt project in Mars Hill in the far northern part of the state, as well as a 57 megawatt project in Stetson, about 20 miles northwest of Bangor.

First Wind is also looking to build a fourth project near the town of Lincoln.

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