First Wind says it has received unanimous approval from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to build the 150 MW Oakfield Wind project, which will be located in Aroostook County, Maine.
Last June, the company submitted an amendment to increase the size of the original proposal for a 51 MW project, which had received full approval from the Maine DEP in January 2010.
Situated approximately 2.5 miles from the center of Oakfield, Maine, the project will consist of 50 3 MW turbines that have the capacity to produce enough renewable energy to power more than 48,000 homes, First Wind says.
In the four years since it launched the development of the project, First Wind has worked closely with the town to solicit significant community input in designing the project. During the development phase, more than 40 Maine-based companies were engaged to compile the application to the DEP, the company says.