Lincoln, Maine, July 21, 2011 — First Wind, an independent U.S.-based wind energy company, commemorated the completion of the company's 60 MW Rollins Wind project in Penobscot County, Maine.
The Rollins Wind project will produce enough renewable energy to power nearly 23,000 Maine homes per year. The power is being delivered to Maine homes and businesses at cost-competitive rates as part of a long-term electricity supply contracts with Bangor Hydro and Central Maine Power the state's Public Utilities Commission.
The construction and development of Rollins Wind was a source of revenue and new jobs to the surrounding area with more than $30 million spent directly with 97 Maine-based businesses.
Situated in the towns of Lincoln, Burlington, Lee, and Winn, the Rollins Wind project will continue to contribute to the local economy by delivering an estimated total of $24 million in tax revenues to the four neighboring communities over a 30-year period. Rollins Wind will also generate regional business activity through the ongoing operations on the project site.
Breaking ground in September 2010, construction of Rollins Wind was managed by the dedicated team at Reed & Reed, the Woolwich-based company that has served as general contractor for all of First Wind's projects in Maine.
To install the 40 GE 1.5 MW wind turbines, Reed & Reed utilized over 500 different contract workers that logged more than 260,000 man hours on the project site, averaging 200 workers per day during peak construction.
With the completion of the Rollins project, First Wind now has four projects in Maine with the capacity to generate 185 MW of clean wind energy, or enough to power more than 75,000 homes in the Northeast.