WOODSTOCK — Patriot Renewables, the operator of Spruce Mountain Wind in Western Maine, hosted an open house in late September. The third annual open house attracted more than 300 people from Woodstock and surrounding towns. Visitors experienced one of Maine’s wind power projects up close while enjoying the scenic fall foliage of western Maine’s mountains.

“Hosting this open house is something we look forward to each year,” said Tom Carroll, community outreach director for Spruce Mountain Wind. “We enjoy inviting people to our wind projects to have the chance to see them up close. The wind project is a spectacular sight, and hundreds of people came by to enjoy a beautiful weekend and a great lunch at Spruce Mountain.”

“It was such a great event. Spruce Mountain Wind has been a good neighbor since they day they arrived,” said Mike Patneaude of Woodstock, whose family owns a camp on Concord Pond.

Gary Gillman, also of Woodstock, had a great time too. “It was a spectacular day. I took part in the ATV ride-in earlier this year, and now the open house. Early on I had some hesitation about wind, but now I fully support the project. Next time I will bring my wife with me so she can see these up close and enjoy the view from the top.”

“People who see wind projects up close for the first time are almost always amazed at not only the visual appeal, but also learning more about the science behind them,” said Carroll. “This open house brought people in to see their first wind project, and we had some repeat visitors and neighbors as well.”

For more information visit www.sprucemountainwind.com or SpruceMountainWindProject on Facebook.

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