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First Wind contracted for two projects

First Wind, an independent U.S.-based renewable energy company, has been selected by Massachusetts utilities to provide clean wind energy across the Commonwealth through a competitive bidding process overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. The contracts, which still must be approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, will provide clean energy from the 147 MW Oakfield Wind project in Aroostook County and the 186 MW Bingham Wind project in Somerset County.

The planned Bingham Wind project would feature 62 turbines totaling 186 MW of energy capacity. Massachusetts utilities have agreed to purchase the power as part of a 15 year contract.

Both projects are expected to qualify for federal investment tax credits.