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SunEdison circles Maine wind site

Developer seeks permission to install six met masts in Somerset County

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SunEdison subsidiary Somerset Wind is laying the groundwork for a potential wind project in northern Maine.

The developer - formerly part of First Wind, which SunEdison and TerraForm bought in January - has applied to state regulators for permission to erect six met masts on land owned by Plum Creek Maine Timberlands in Somerset County.

The Land Use Planning Commission is reviewing the applications and expects to make a permit decision shortly, LUPC planning manager Samantha Horn Olsen told reNEWS. Consultancy Stantec prepared the permit applications.

Elsewhere in Somerset County, an environmental group has dropped its appeal of SunEdison's up to 206MW Bingham project.

The 62-turbine proposal was approved by the state Department of Environmental Protection in September 2014. Power would be delivered to the grid via a 17-mile 115kV transmission line to an existing Central Maine Power Company substation in Parkman.

The $400m Bingham scheme was awarded a 15-year power purchase agreement following a joint procurement by Massachusetts utilities National Grid, Unitil and Northeast Utilities, which owns and operates NSTAR and Western Massachusetts Electric Company.

Image: First Wind developed the 83MW Stetson wind farm in Maine (First Wind)

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