Energy company First Wind has landed approval from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for its proposed 150 megawatt Oakfield Wind project in Aroostook County, Maine, where it could create 300 local construction jobs, according to the company.
The Boston-based wind energy company said it submitted an amendment in June 2011 to increase the size of its original proposal for a 51 megawatt Oakfield project, which received approval from the Maine DEP in January 2010. The company added that it hopes to move ahead with the project soon.
“The local review process on this project has been unprecedented,” Matt Kearns, First Wind’s vice president of business development, said in a statement. “We provided resources for the town to hire independent sound experts, engineers, and lawyers and participated in a lengthy and robust review process in which issues of local interest were fully reviewed. We did that both for the originally planned project, and again based on the revised project layout.”
Located about 2.5 miles from the center of Oakfield, Maine, the project will consist of 50 3-megawatt turbines that have the capacity to power more than 48,000 homes.