Board listens to wind turbine idea in Farmington

FARMINGTON — Representatives of Associated Wind Developers discussed their potential plans to bring four midsized wind turbines to property owned by Bailey Farm at an informational presentation to the Planning Board on Monday.

The site is off Davis Road and near Bailey Hill. It's in fields where the land can still be farmed traditionally but also used for wind turbines, owner Konrad Bailey said after the meeting.

The project is in the concept stage, Matt Damon of Associated Wind Developers in Plymouth, Mass., said. The company is looking to potentially start building the turbines in the spring of 2012 and have them running by next fall.

While now in the process of researching whether the project is viable and gaining a sense of the community’s feelings, Damon thought the company would be ready to make a public presentation and start the licensing process within 30 to 60 days.

The board asked questions but no action was required Monday. A site review and public forum will take place before any vote, Chair Clayton King reminded the board and a few neighbors to the project who came to hear the presentation.

The view of farms and hills now seen could change, nearby Osborne Road resident Brian Demshar said, voicing concerns because his home overlooks the proposed site.

“It’s in the eye of the beholder,” said Brian Kuhn, who gave the company’s PowerPoint presentation for the board. He said, for him, the sight is a moving piece of sculpture that provides savings and energy, but he admitted for another it could be considered an eyesore.

The American-made 750-kilowatt, mid-scale electric wind turbines stand 298 feet compared to the 460-feet of the larger units. The turbines sit on a 65-meter tower and have a 54-meter diameter yet produce enough kilowatts to power 3,000 households, Kuhn said.

The proposed site is a quarter-mile from the nearest home, a place where cows can still pasture around the turbines sitting on cement bases, he said. No buildings are needed, only a couple transformers and the turbines.

The proposed project would meet and go beyond the requirements now in the town’s drafted but unapproved wind ordinance, Damon said.

Currently looking for potential customers and investors, the company is working with utilities in a plan to tie in to Central Maine Power lines south of the Davis Road site.

The Aeronautica Wind Power turbines are built in Durham, N.H., while the tower and blades are made in Michigan and Indiana, Damon said. The USA-made product with higher manufacturing costs provides a substantial savings in shipping costs over the Asian-made products while providing nearby part replacements for the units, he added.

Associated Wind Developers has been in business for four years, recently completing its first project in Chicago. It is in the planning process for several sites throughout the Northeast.

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Gary Steinberg's picture

The Maine Wind Farce!

Maine’s statutory goal is 2700 megawatts of wind power on land

- As many as 1800 turbines, 400 feet tall

- 360 miles of developed wilderness ridges

- Thousands of new clearcuts for transmission corridors

- At a 25% capacity factor, this actually produces only 675 megawatts. This small amount of power could be produced at one medium-sized conventional natural gas power plant.

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The Pillaging of Maine Continues

Yup, here is yet another carpetbagger out of state developer who wants to ruin more of Maine's beautiful countryside to reap taxpayer subsidies and selling RECs from wind. Don't be lulled by these "mid-sized" turbines. They are just a smaller version of ugly blight on the landscape, they still make noise, and they are useless. Want examples of "mid-sized" turbines? Look at the Kittery, Saco, and UMPI turbines--mid sized, but colossal failures! They have all been plagued with failure.

The wind developers put out such a spin that if it were harnessed, it would produce more electricity than the turbines they are touting. Don't get fooled by the slick presentation. When the subsidies go away, Maine landscape will be littered with broken down, useless turbines.

Gary Steinberg's picture

As the Wind SCoundrels and Snake Oil Salesmen Push Their Wares!

They is neither virtuous nor wise.

The Associatred Wind Developers like Matt Damon, Angus King and son and First Wind are mostly cynical profiteers out to make a buck, who pull the necessary strings and grease the necessary palms to win their approvals.

They are opportunists who travel to rural areas of Maine and entice unsuspecting residents and rural folks to sign their lease agreements which neuter their rights to their own land.Most of the others are ill-informed and idealistic-and maybe a bit impulsive-who have no idea what they are in for once the blades of the industrial energy generator begin to spin.

They reassure energy committees and town fathers that everything will be fine. They bribe with other half baked schemes. Talk is cheap!

Matt Damon and his subsidy sucking wind Associates live off of the backs of Mainers and US taxpayers and scam our taxes and desecrate our environment. They portray themselves as green ; they are greenback lovers only.

They are this decade's despicable snake oil salesmen, never telling the whole truth about Industrial Wind Complexex to the public.

The more that is exposed by factual questions (you will never get factual answers) , the more his Enronesque and Solyndraesque scam divulges itself.

It is simple, JUST KICK THEM OUT!

Gary Steinberg's picture

Scoundrels All

Never deal with scoundrels Farmington!

 's picture

3,000 homes?

WIND = 75% does NOT blow
10-30% loss in transmission.
WIND is a loss at the turbine.

WIND has no capacity.

How can SUN media keep printing these lies from the industry about the capacity of these things?


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