Three wind turbines supplied by GE now are producing power for the residents of Vinalhaven and North Haven, Maine, two year-round communities that comprise the Fox Islands located in Penobscot Bay in Maine.
The 4.5 MW wind facility, which has three GE 1.5 MW turbines on-site, was dedicated as part of a ribbon-cutting ceremony held by the project developer, Fox Islands Wind LLC.
‘The Fox Islands community wind project demonstrates that a local community can harness the power of a local, renewable resource and become an example to the rest of the state and the nation,’ says Gov. John Baldacci, D-Maine. ‘This new wind installation puts Maine at the cutting edge of renewable energy development, and proves that coastal wind is a viable, low-cost energy source.’
On average, the project is expected to generate approximately 11,600 MWh of electricity per year. Any additional energy not used by the communities will be sent off-island to the grid.
The project is a collaboration of several New England-based companies and organizations, including the Island Institute, Cianbro Corp., EOS Ventures, Diversified Communications and Fox Islands Electric Cooperative.