Eastern Maine wind farm dedicated

Posted Jan. 22, 2009, at 2:19 p.m.

DANFORTH, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci joined First Wind officials to mark the start of commercial operations at the Stetson Wind power project, which now becomes the largest wind-power facility in New England.

First Wind says the 38-turbine wind farm on Stetson Mountain near Danforth in eastern Maine’s Washington County will produce the equivalent power needs of 23,500 homes. Stetson surpasses the Mars Hill wind project in northern Maine as New England’s largest.

During Thursday’s dedication, Baldacci said Stetson Wind continues Maine’s aggressive leadership in pursuing energy independence. Even as the Stetson project goes on line, an extension known as Stetson II is seeking permitting.

In western Maine, TransCanada’s 44-turbine project on Kibby Mountain is under construction.

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