than $29 million spent with Maine businesses from wind energy
First Wind, an independent United States-based
wind energy company, reported construction milestones and local
economic benefits from the company’s Rollins Wind project in
Maine. Construction is nearing completion with 34 of the 40 turbines
installed at the project site.
As part of the construction and development activities for Rollins
Wind, more than $29 million has been spent directly with 97 Maine-based
businesses. As construction nears completion, there are still
about 175 workers on the project site, but during peak construction
the site supported an average of 200 jobs each day.
Matt Kearns, vice president of Northeast Business Development
for First Wind, said, “When this project goes online, it will
produce enough renewable energy to power nearly 23,000 Maine
homes per year. It will also continue to contribute to the local
economy by delivering a total of $24 million in tax revenues
to the four neighboring communities over a 30-year period while
generating regional business activity through our ongoing operations
on the project site.”
As part of the work on Rollins Wind to date, First Wind reported
the following milestones and associated economic benefits:
- $29 million spent directly with Maine-based businesses;
- 97 Maine-based businesses have been involved in project
development and construction, including 19 local businesses;
- Over 500 different contract workers have logged more than
200,000 man hours on the project site, which has averaged 200
workers during peak construction;
- In addition to the 34 of the 40 turbines already installed,
significant progress has been made on the project’s necessary
transmission and infrastructure including the construction of
a 5,000 square-foot Operations and Maintenance building.
First Wind’s Rollins project received approval from the Maine
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on April 21, 2009.
On August 6, 2009, the Board of Environmental Protection (BEP)
unanimously voted in support of the DEP permit.
On October 7, 2009, the Maine Public Utilities Commission unanimously
approved a 20-year long-term electricity supply contract to purchase
the renewable energy generated from the Rollins Wind project.
Construction of the project is expected to be substantially completed
by July, with the project expected to be online sometime in August.