First Wind’s Stetson Expansion Approved by the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission

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

First Wind filed its permit application with LURC for the Stetson Wind expansion project on Tuesday November 4, 2008. The commission held a hearing this week and provided approval. On January 22, 2009, the original 38-turbine, 57 MW Stetson Wind project became operational.

It is First Wind’s second project in Maine, and is currently the largest utility-scale wind farm in New England. The proposed expansion of the Stetson project adjacent to the existing Stetson project will consist of 17 GE 1.5 MW turbines. First Wind also owns and operates the 42-MW Mars Hill Wind project in Aroostook County.

“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 US $50 million spent in Maine,” said Kurt Adams, First Wind’s chief development officer. “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.”

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