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Newton, Mass.-based First Wind has received approval from the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) to build a 25.5 MW expansion of the Stetson Wind project outside of Danforth, Maine. First Wind filed its permit application with LURC for the expansion project in November 2008.

"The first phase of the Stetson Wind project has provided a real boost to the Maine economy, creating approximately 350 jobs and seeing more than $50 million spent in Maine," says Kurt Adams, chief development officer for First Wind. "We expect the expansion of the Stetson project to also have a significant economic impact."

The proposed expansion of the Stetson project adjacent to the existing Stetson project will consist of 17 GE 1.5 MW turbines. First Wind also owns and operates the 42 MW Mars Hill Wind project in Aroostook County.

During the review process by LURC, First Wind highlighted a number of economic and environmental benefits that the Stetson expansion will bring to the local area, as well as across the state.

Such benefits include providing Maine with an alternative, sustainable energy supply, reducing the dependence on foreign fuels, strengthening the diversity of the energy supply, increasing tax revenue in Washington County and creating more green jobs for state residents.

SOURCE: First Wind

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