First Wind made its first payment to Oakfield, Maine for a wind power project that began construction in 2013.
The company paid $600,000 to the town as the first of many payments to be made for the 148-MW Oakfield wind project. The project will provide $12 million to the town over the next 20 years. First Wind also made commitments to the town and incorporated those into its initial application to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Proposed in 2008, the project received unanimous approval from the Maine DEP in January of 2012. In 2011, town residents voted 81-21 to approve the tax and community benefit agreement.
Vestas will supply 48 V112 turbines, each with a capacity of 3.075-MW, to the Maine project.
Power produced will be purchased by four Massachusetts utilities as part of a 15-year contract.
The wind project is expected to be operational by 2015.
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