May 27 (Renewables Now) - The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has given its nod to the construction of a 72.6-MW wind farm, calling for an investment of USD 147.5 million (EUR 131.6m).
To be located in the state’s Hancock County, the project will include 22 turbines with a maximum height of 591ft (180m), expected to become operational at the end of 2020. It was proposed by Longroad Energy Partners LLC, which was at end-2018 joined by infrastructure investor Fengate Asset Management through a co-development and financing partnership.
Plans for the project were initially unveiled in 2015 but were later pulled after the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) raised concerns regarding a lack of data regarding the potential impact on migratory birds. Nevertheless, MDIFW has now decided that mitigation initiatives, coupled with land management, would offset any anticipated effects on the environment, DEP said in a statement.
The wind farm will be powered by Vestas V126- 3.45 MW turbines, derated to 3.3 MW. The project envisages the installation of power lines, a new substation, an operation and maintenance (O&M) base and meteorological towers. Once up and running, the plant is expected to generate enough power for around 40,000 homes annually.
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