First Wind Starts 25-MW Stetson Expansion

First Wind has begun construction of the 25.5-megawatt (MW) expansion of its Stetson Wind project. The first phase of the Stetson Wind project commenced operations in January 2009. In March 2009, First Wind received approval from the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) to build the 25.5 MW expansion or second phase of its Stetson Wind project.

Recently, Harvard University announced that it will purchase half of the power generated by the Stetson Wind II facility as well as the associated Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).

“This second phase of the Stetson Wind project continues Maine’s aggressive leadership in pursuing energy independence and developing clean, renewable sources of energy,” said Maine Governor John Baldacci. “By harnessing these sources of energy locally, we keep money in our State and we create green jobs in Maine, all while improving our environment and our national security.”

The expansion will consist of the construction and operation of 17 additional GE 1.5 MW wind turbines, bringing the total to 55. When combined with the original Stetson project, the expansion will make the project an 82.5 MW facility.

The work on the expansion will create employment opportunities during the design, engineering and construction of the facility. First Wind hires in-state businesses to conduct much of the needed work.

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