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Island co-op eyes wind power  

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SWAN’S ISLAND, ME – Swan’s Island Electric Cooperative members voted at their annual meeting to consider developing wind power on Swan’s Island and Frenchboro, according to Working Waterfront. The board looked at the possibility of four windmills on Swan’s Island and, based on average wind speed in the area, concluded the turbines would cut the island’s dependence on electricity from Bangor Hydro by 75 percent.

Swan’s Island has a ban on tall towers, however; the wind turbines would be nearly 300 feet tall. Construction of the turbines is expected to cost more than $1 million, and annual maintenance was estimated at $15,000-$20,000.

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