First Wind Commemorates Completion Of Rollins Wind Project

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First Wind commemorated the completion of the company's 60 MW Rollins wind project in Penobscot County, Maine, yesterday. Local officials and members of the community joined company representatives for a ribbon-cutting event and celebratory barbecue lunch.

Power from the project, which will be officially commissioned this week, is being delivered to Maine homes and businesses as part of long-term electricity supply contracts with Bangor Hydro and Central Maine Power.

Situated in the towns of Lincoln, Burlington, Lee, and Winn, the project will delivering an estimated total of $24 million in tax revenues to the four neighboring communities over a 30-year period, according to First Wind.

Breaking ground in September 2010, construction of the project was managed by Reed & Reed, which 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 used over 500 different contract workers who 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 a total capacity of 185 MW.

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