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Newton, Mass.-based First Wind celebrated the beginning of commercial operations for its Stetson Wind project located in Washington County, Maine.

The 57 MW project consists of 38 1.5 MW GE wind turbines and will have the capacity to generate approximately 167 million kWh of electricity every year.

"The Stetson Wind project continues Maine's aggressive leadership in pursuing energy independence," says Gov. Baldacci, D-Maine. "We are capitalizing on the clean, renewable sources of energy that exist in our state, like wind, solar and tidal. By harnessing these sources of energy locally, we keep money in our state and create jobs in our state, all while improving our environment and our national security."

Construction on the project began in January 2008 and created 350 development and construction jobs. First Wind spent about $50 million with Maine-based businesses developing and building the project.

First Wind plans to build additional projects in Maine, including a proposed 25.5 MW expansion at Stetson Wind, as well as the 60 MW Rollins Wind project near the town of Lincoln. First Wind has submitted permit applications with state agencies for both projects.

SOURCE: First Wind

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