ORLAND, Maine — Residents voted 439-258 in support of a three-turbine wind project that has been proposed for their town. That gives Portsmouth-based developer Eolian Renewable Energy the go-ahead to proceed with plans to construct the turbines on Whites Mountain in northern Orland.

Under Eolian’s proposal, the turbines would produce 9 megawatts of energy, enough to power about 2,700 average Maine homes.

Orland residents who live near the proposed development expressed concern at a public meeting last week that the turbines would reduce their property values. Other residents welcomed the $150,000 in tax dollars the project would bring to the town and the opportunity to produce clean energy locally.

Nell Gluckman

Nell is the education reporter for the Bangor Daily News, but she will be helping out the political team by covering the 2nd Congressional District election this year. Before joining the Bangor Daily News...