CARTHAGE — A public informational meeting on a proposed wind farm is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Community Building, formerly the Webb River Grange Hall.
Patriot Renewables LLC of Quincy, Mass., has proposed building up to 13 wind turbines on a 2- to 3-mile section of the Saddleback Mountain Ridge on private land. The company has options to buy about 1,000 acres.
A 320-acre parcel next to the ridge, believed to be owned by the town, could be the site of another four to six turbines.
The potential developers have been collecting wind speed, bird species, wetland and other environmental data for more than a year as part of their application to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.
The town has no ordinance governing the development of wind farms.
In a related matter, a group of residents submitted a petition to the Board of Selectmen last month seeking a moratorium on any wind turbine development, Town Clerk Linda Berry said.
A special town meeting must be called to vote on the request. That date hadn't been set, but it could be held in late June.
Patriot Renewables operates a small wind farm in Freedom and is tentatively planning the development of wind farms in Dixfield, Canton and Woodstock.