Maine favors Patriot project
State regulators recommend approval of 22.8MW Canton Mountain
Maine regulatory staff has recommended the state green light the 22.8MW Canton Mountain wind project proposed by Patriot Renewables.
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a draft order approving the eight-turbine scheme. The department commissioner is expected to issue a final determination before the end of this summer, a DEP spokesperson told reNews.
The Massachusetts-based developer proposes to install eight GE 2.85-103 turbines at the Oxford County scheme. The draft permit also includes Siemens SWT 3.0-113 machines.
Patriot, an affiliate of civil and marine construction company Jay Cashman Inc., estimates the total cost of the ridgeline project to be $47m.
The wind farm will connect to the regional electrical grid via a new substation in Canton that is being built for Patriot’s 34.2MW Saddleback Ridge wind project this year. An interconnection agreement has been signed with ISO New England and Central Maine Power Company.
Customers Bank, which acquired project backer Flagstar Bank, said it intends to finance the project. Flagstar financed Patriot’s 20MW Spruce Mountain wind farm in Woodstock.
Patriot anticipates starting commercial operation in 2016.
Image: The 20MW Spruce Mountain wind farm in Maine (Patriot Renewables)