Former defense site in Moscow eyed for wind

Posted July 04, 2010, at 11:17 a.m.

MOSCOW, Maine — A former Cold War-era radar site in Maine is being eyed by the Penobscot Indian Nation as a possible location for a wind-power facility.

The Central Maine Morning Sentinel says the federal government’s selling for former Air Force “backscatter” radar station, which could peek over the Earth’s horizon to detect enemy planes and missiles. The site was shut down in 1997 and a land deal is now in the works with the Penobscots.

Tribal Chief Kirk Francis says the Penobscots have been looking at the site as a potential alternative energy location. Francis says the tribe’s focused on wind power but it could also include another energy component.

Francis says a land-sale deal is almost ready to be signed with the General Services Administration.

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