Maine wind farm expansion is approved

Posted March 04, 2009, at 5:04 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Maine’s wilderness zoning board has given its approval for a 17-turbine wind farm expansion in eastern Maine.

The Land Use Regulation Commission voted 5-0 Wednesday at its meeting in Bangor allowing for the Stetson II project near Danforth in Washington County. The project would expand First Wind’s 38-turbine Stetson Mountain wind energy facility, which began commercial operation this year.

First Wind of Massachusetts also built the Mars Hill wind project in Aroostook County.

Stetson II would be rated to produce up to 25.5 megawatts of energy at maximum capacity, enough power for about 10,000 homes.