Wind company opening Oakfield office

Posted Feb. 12, 2009, at 12:59 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:01 a.m.

OAKFIELD, Maine — First Wind of Massachusetts will open an office on Ridge Road today to help manage its wind farms in operation or under development in Aroostook and Washington counties.

The Oakfield office is the company’s third in Maine. The others are in Lincoln and Portland. Like the Lincoln office, the Oakfield site will “basically be a resource for folks in that area,” spokesman John LaMontagne said Wednesday.

“It is a place for them to come and submit thoughts and ideas to the project, and it’s an opportunity for us to be part of the community,” he said.

The office at 60A Ridge Road will have an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. today. The public is invited.

The company has 13 offices around the country that help manage its 39 wind farms of 20- to 1,200-megawatts operating or in development in the U.S. and Canada, according to the company’s Web site, firstwind.com. The Portland office is the company’s primary state address. Its national headquarters is in Newton, Mass.

First Wind will seek permits by fall to build a 55-megawatt wind site in Oakfield that would closely mirror its 57-megawatt Stetson Mountain site, LaMontagne said.

The Oakfield project, like Stetson’s, would likely create about 350 temporary construction jobs in the year it takes to build and six full-time jobs upon the farm’s activation, LaMontagne said.

The largest wind-to-energy producer in Maine, First Wind has eight projects in operation or in development. The company hopes to build a 40-megawatt industrial site in Rumford and two others, a 150-megawatt and an 80-megawatt site, at undisclosed locations. No permit applications for those have yet been filed. The company also operates a 42-megawatt plant in Mars Hill, which began generating last month.

First Wind has applied for permits to build a 60-megawatt farm in Burlington, Lincoln, and Lee and a 251/2-megawatt expansion to Stetson called Stetson II.

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