AFA staff mapped the soils for Maine’s first proposed wind power project on Mount Redington in 1994. The proposed project was expanded to nearby Black Nubble Mountain in Coplin Plantation in 2001. The final project proposal was to be for 18 turbines with 10.6 miles of proposed new roads. The project was ultimately denied in 2007 by Maine’s Land-Use Regulation Commission due to its proximity to the Appalachian Trail citing concerns over aesthetics. However much of the "heavy lifting" or convincing Maine Regulators that sucessful access roads could be permitted and potentially constructed was done during that application process. A comprehensive erosion and sediment control "Tool Box" of proper techniques to address constructing access roads and turbines on high elevation mountains with significant drainage sheds was developed. These techniques would be later utilized by other successful Wind Projects.
Stetson Mountain Wind
Stetson Wind is the largest operational utility-scale wind farm in New England with a total of 55 turbines. The project delivers clean, renewable energy to more than 23,000 New England homes. We began mapping the soils for this project on Stetson Mountain in 2006. A second phase of 17 turbines were later added onto nearby Owl and Jimmy Mountains. The project began its first phase of operations in January of 2009 with the second phase coming online in April of 2010.
Longfellow Wind Farm
The Longfellow Wind project, located on Black Mountain in Rumford and North and South Twin Mountains in Roxbury, is proposed to have as many as 26 turbines upon completion. AFA staff began mapping the ridge tops for turbine placement in 2007. In the summer of 2010 we began mapping areas for the proposed transmission line associated with this wind farm. This project has been since put on hold by its developer due to the intensity of wind gusts measured at the site.
Rollins Wind, located in the towns of Lincoln, Lee, Burlington and Winn, is a proposed 40 turbine wind project that is currently under construction. Once constructed, the project can potentially power as many as 22,600 homes. AFA staff began mapping the project in early 2007 and it was during this mapping exercise that our Certified Soil Scientists, in conjunction with Maine’s State Soil Scientist, began to develop and refine the new “Class L” standard of soils mapping for linear projects. Construction was completed in July of 2011 and the 60 megawatt wind farm is now producing electricity.
Record Hill Wind
Record Hill Wind is a 50.6 megawatt wind project consisting of 22 turbines arrayed along the ridge line that connects Partridge Peak, Record Hill, and Flathead Mountain in Roxbury. The electrical output of the project is estimated to be approximately 122 million kilowatt hours per year, nearly equivalent to the electricity needs of every household in Oxford County. Albert Frick Associates staff mapped the ridge tops and proposed access roadways in the fall of 2007. The project is currently online and producing clean energy for Western Maine and beyond.
The Evergreen Wind Power project, located in Oakfield, will consist of 50 turbines once construction is completed. Once the project comes online, it has the potential to power as many as 25,000 homes. We began mapping the project site in the fall of 2008. Initial environmental permits were received in January of 2010. The project is currently under construction as of January, 2013.
Aroostook County Wind
In 2008, Albert Frick Associates soil science teams began mapping the largest proposed (400 turbines) wind farm so far in Maine. The Number 9 Wind Farm, located just west of Bridgewater in Aroostook County has a total of 139 proposed turbines. Mapping was completed in the spring of 2010. The project application is still in progress.
On February 23, 2011, Highland Wind LLC, a subsidiary of Independence Wind, submitted a permit application for a proposed 117 megawatt wind energy development to be located in Highland Plantation and Pleasant Ridge Plantation, Somerset County. The project would consist of approximately 39 wind turbines. The project would be located on Stewart Mountain, Witham Mountain, Bald Mountain, Briggs Hill, and Burnt Hill. The Highland Wind project will produce the equivalent electricity usage of 44,000 homes, according to the developer. This project was mapped by AFA soil science staff in the summer of 2009. The project application was withdrawn by its developer in May of 2011, with plans to resubmit at a later date.
Saddleback Ridge Wind
Saddleback Ridge Wind is a proposed 13 turbine project located in Carthage. Due to aesthetic concerns, the project’s developer relocated or removed several of the originally proposed turbines in the fall of 2010. AFA staff mapped the ridge tops for this project in the summer of 2009 and then mapped the proposed transmission line in the spring and fall of 2010. The project was approved in October 2011 but is currently under appeal with Maine's Board of Environmental Protection.
Champlain Wind, LLC, (a subsidiary of First Wind Maine Holdings, LLC) has submitted a permit application (known as the "Bowers Wind Project") to construct a wind energy project of up to 69.1 MW in Carroll Plantation (Penobscot County) and Kossuth Township (Washington County). The Bowers Wind Project would include up to 27 turbines, associated access roads, up to four permanent 80-meter meteorological towers, a 34.5-kilo-volt electrical collector system, an electrical collection substation, and an Operations and Maintenance building. The project would be constructed on three ridges in the project area: Bowers Mountain and an unnamed ridge to the south in Carroll Plantation, and Dill Hill in Kossuth Township. AFA soil science staff mapped these ridges and access road areas beginning in the spring of 2010. Champlain Wind's permit application was accepted for processing on March 14, 2011. This project was initially denied by the Land Use Regulation Commission in April of 2011, citing aesthetic concerns. The project was then redesigned, and propose turbines were relocated so as to be less visible from nearby waterbodies. The project has since been re-submitted to LURC in October of 2012.
Bull Hill Wind
Bull Hill wind is a project proposed by Blue Sky East, L.L.C., an affiliate of First Wind of Boston, MA, for a 34.2 megawatt grid scale wind power project. Known also as the ‘Bull Hill Wind Project’, it is a 19 turbine wind power project sited on Bull Hill and Heifer Hill ridges in T16 MD, Hancock County. Albert Frick Associates staff mapped this project during the summer and fall of 2010. Construction for the project has been completed, and the wind farm has been producing electricity since October 31, 2012.
Bingham Wind is a project proposed by Blue Sky West, LLC, an affiliate of First Wind in Boston. Turbine numbers and miles of access road are not yet fixed for this project. Albert Frick Associates soil science teams mapped portions of this project in the late fall and early winter of 2010 as well as a revised alignment in late autumn of 2012. This project applicant remains in the preliminary stages and is scheduled for submittal in Spring of 2013.
Canton Mountain Wind
Canton Mountain Wind is a project proposed by Patriot Renewables of Quincy, Massachusetts. This project is still in the preliminary stages of planning. At the time of our soils survey in the fall and early winter of 2010, 8 turbines were proposed and the wind farm was projected to generate 22 megawatts of energy. The project is currently under review by Maine Department of Environmental Protection as of January 2013.
Passadumkeag Mountain Wind
The Passadumkeag Mountain Windpark is a proposed 14 turbine wind energy project located on the Passadumkeag Mountain in Grand Falls Township. The project is being proposed by Passadumkeag Windpark, LLC, a subsidiary of Nobel Environmental Power of Connecticut. We performed both Class L soil mapping, for the turbine locations, proposed access roadways and crane paths, and Class A High-Intensity soils mapping for the Operations and Maintenance Facility as wells as a proposed Substation for this project in the Fall and early Winter of 2011. This project was denied a permit by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in November of 2012, citing aesthetic concerns.