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DEP hearing on Canton Mountain wind farm Thursday

CANTON – A public informational meeting on a proposed eight-turbine wind farm planned for Canton Mountain will take place at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 22, at the Municipal Building on Cross Street.

This is part of the permit review process for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

Patriot Renewables LLC, of Quincy, Mass., is planning the project which would provide 22 megawatts of power. Long-term plans call for connecting the project to a substation off Ludden Lane that is being built for the 12-turbine Saddleback Ridge Wind Project in Carthage.

About six to eight months will be needed for the DEP to review the completed application, according to Canton Mountain Wind LLC.

The $44 million project would contribute $4,000 per turbine per year to a community benefit fund. Tax revenue from the completed project could be used to lower property taxes or fund community projects.

Andy Novey, project developer for Patriot Renewables, will provide an overview of the wind farm plan at the hearing.

Erle Townsend, DEP project manager, will review the permit process, then the public will have a chance to make comments or ask questions. The DEP requests that any questions asked by members of the public at the hearing be put into writing so that each question is addressed during the permitting process. Residents may also submit comments, in writing, to the DEP for consideration.

The Canton project is one of several in various stages of planning in the Western Maine area by Patriot Renewables. A 10-turbine project in Woodstock, known as Spruce Mountain Wind, is up and running.

Another project, TimberWinds, a 10 to 12 turbine project for the Colonel Holman Mountain ridgeline in Dixfield, is in the early stages.