The Bull Hill wind turbine project in Aurora, east of Bangor, is in the final stages of construction.
Work began in February, and 16 of the 19 turbines are now standing. The project superintendent said it will be about another 3-4 weeks before the remaining three wind turbines are standing.
First Wind is developing the project and it said wind energy can be a beneficial source of energy, but the Citizens’ Task Force on Wind Power disagrees.
“You cannot benefit the environment if these projects only put out about 25 percent of their potential. The carbon footprint that goes into manufacturing, transporting, constructing the site and erecting wind turbines is probably as big as what they will ever offset in carbon savings during their entire lifetime which is roughly 15-20 years,” representative for Citizens’ Task Force on Wind Power Brad Blake said.
First Wind Director of Development Dave Fowler said the total cost of the project was about $76 million. He said about $25 million was spent on construction, the rest on the turbines.
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