Paul Gaynor, CEO of First Wind, says: “Not only is the Stetson Wind project currently the largest wind energy project in operation in Maine and New England, but it is also a powerful example of the strong economic impact that these projects can have on the region. During construction, First Wind spent millions with Maine-based businesses and created hundreds of development and construction jobs.”
The first phase of the Stetson Wind project was a 57 MW facility that commenced operations in January 2009.
In March 2009, First Wind received approval from the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission to build the 26 MW expansion or second phase of its Stetson Wind project, where 17 additional GE 1.5 MW wind turbines have been installed.
The Stetson Wind project now totals 83 MW.
Last year, Harvard University announced that it will purchase half of the power generated by the Stetson Wind II facility as well as the associated Renewable Energy Certificates.