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Newtown, Mass.-based UPC Wind, a wind farm developer and owner, has achieved several milestones for its proposed 57 MW Stetson Wind Project, which will be situated on a ridge in Washington County, Maine.

According to the company, the project has received support from key community leaders, including the chair of the Washington County Commissioners. In addition, the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) recently deemed the project's rezoning petition complete, which will set the stage for a full review of the project by LURC, along with public hearings.

The proposed Stetson Wind Project would consist of 38 GE 1.5 MW wind turbines. The site was selected based on a number of factors, including the ridge's source of wind and that the location has no residential property currently closer than 2,500 feet, the company says. The ridge also provides existing roads that will be improved during construction, and two-thirds of the needed transmission lines will be in the same area as existing electric lines.

"Together with UPC Wind's facility in Mars Hill, the proposed Stetson Wind Project will generate enough clean wind energy to power about 50,000 homes," says Paul Gaynor, UPC Wind's president and chief executive officer. "Although this project is still in the early planning and permitting stages, we are encouraged by the positive feedback we have received from Commissioner Gardner and the people of Washington County."

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