WOODSTOCK – Thirty people attended a special informational selectmen’s meeting Wednesday regarding a proposed Spruce Mountain wind farm.

Todd Presson and Trevor Childs from Patriot Renewables of Quincy, Mass., said the wind farm would have five turbines. Each would produce 1.5 megahertz of electricity from towers 260 feet high. The towers would have 121-foot-long blades and three of the five towers would have flashing lights for safety.

“The generators are not as noisy as some fear,” Presson said. “The sound does carry a half mile but people standing at the bottom of a tower can comfortably talk to each other without shouting.”

The towers would be visible from Concord Pond in Woodstock and Trap Corner in West Paris with access from the Shagg Pond area in Woodstock, he said.

Electricity would be sold to Central Maine Power at an access point on Route 232.

To give people an idea of how the units would look, photos of a wind farm operating on Mars Hill in Aroostook County were shown.

Town Manager Vern Maxfield said, “about 95 percent of the people are excited about the project and are ready to support it overwhelmingly.”

A test tower could be installed immediately that will run for a year to confirm project feasibility.

The estimated completion date for the entire project is in 2010.

Maxfield said he is studying solar generators to power the town office building, garage and fire station.

“I have been thinking about this . . . and am going to search out costs and whether solar would be to our best interest,” Maxfield said.


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