Canton Mountain Wind, Canton, Maine
|Project Date:||2016 - 2017|
The Canton Mountain Wind Project is a 22.8-megawatt (MW) wind energy-generation project located in the municipalities of Canton and Dixfield, Oxford County, Maine. This project is made up of 8 GE 2.85-MW turbines, with a total project capacity of 22.8 megawatts. This project received development/approvals; early stage substation and overhead collector line work commenced in 2016. Construction of the foundations, turbine erection, and the underground electrical collector system will be commence in late spring of 2017. Final completion will be in the fall of 2017.
- From start of work in early September, Site Work Subcontractor Sargent Corporation has installed eight open-bottom box culverts at stream crossings, completed the tree clearing and grubbing, and has commenced drilling and blasting operations along the ridge line in support of pad preparation and road building.
- Electrical and Erection Subcontractor Reed & Reed mobilized in early December and has commenced construction of the substation foundations.
- The subcontractors will continue work as long as weather conditions permit and then re mobilize the spring to continue construction in support of the turbine delivery, which is scheduled for August 2017.
- Road Improvements: The Project occupies 2,978 acres of land and includes the upgrading of 7,175 linear feet of an existing road known as Ludden Lane; the upgrading of 8,600 feet of an existing unnamed private gravel logging road that begins at the end of Ludden Lane; and construction of a 3,425-linear-foot access road extending from the end of the existing logging road to the ridgeline. Access along the ridgeline will be via an ~7,175-linear-foot ridgeline road that will connect the wind turbine tower foundations. Along the ridgeline road, eight wind turbines and associated electrical collection infrastructure will be installed.
- The Project also includes an ~3,500-SF operations and maintenance (O&M) building located along Ludden Lane on a parcel of land that will be leased from CMW's affiliate Saddleback Ridge Wind Farm, LLC. The O&M building is designed to accommodate up to six employees and will include a 7,500-SF parking lot. An overhead distribution line and fiber-optic cabling mounted on wooden poles will connect the O&M building to the turbines.
- Community Benefits: An annual payment of $4,000 per turbine per year to a community benefit fund, and increased tax revenue on a project valued at roughly $50 million, which can be used to lower taxes and/or to fund public projects.
- The Canton Project Team includes Reed & Reed as well as Visual assessment – Terrence J. DeWan & Associates, Yarmouth, ME; noise assessment – Resource Systems Group, White River Junction, VT; Permitting support – Tetra Tech, Boston, MA; Bird and bat studies – Tetra Tech, Portland, ME; wetlands and vernal pools – Boyle & Associates, Gorham, ME; and soil surveys – Albert Frick Associates, Gorham, ME.