Maine Wind Power Gets $102M Federal Loan

The wind is blowing in the state of Maine, and soon, more if it will be producing electricity, thanks to a conditional loan guarantee recently announced by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Under this guarantee, stimulus funds will back  $102 million in funding for the Record Hill wind project, which includes a 50.6 megawatt-capacity wind power plant, as well as an eight mile transmission line and associated interconnection equipment slated for location near the town of Roxbury, Maine.

Record Hill Wind

image via Record Hill Wind

This project, which is being developed and managed by Wagner Wind Energy of New Hampshire and Independence Wind of Maine, is sponsored by the Yale University Endowment fund. It is expected to create 200 construction jobs and avoid 70,000 tons of carbon pollution.

The Record Hill will project will feature 22 2.3 megawatt-capacity SWT-2.3-93 turbines, which will send their electricity to Central Maine Power, the local utility company. These turbines will be installed with what is called “Turbine Load Control” technology, a system of sensors and processing software designed to allow them to continue operating under turbulent conditions. This is apparently a key component to making the most of Maine’s wild winds.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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