PORTLAND, Maine — Renewable power developer SunEdison has withdrawn plans for a wind farm in Hancock County, saying it needs more time to respond to issues raised by environmental regulators.
John Lamontagne, spokesman for SunEdison, wrote in an email to the Bangor Daily News that the company plans to refile the application for the 73-megawatt, 23-turbine project at some point in the future.
“We’re disappointed we won’t be moving forward with this project as soon as we’d like, but we remain confident that this is an excellent clean energy project,” Lamontagne wrote.
The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in June came out in opposition to the project out of concern it would kill migrating birds and bats.
“Avian passage rate, which is an index to mortality risk, was the highest recorded for any project in northern New England and fatality estimates of birds at the nearby Bull Hill Wind Project also were the highest recorded in the [same] region,” the department’s draft analysis of the Weaver Wind project stated.
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