Number Nine Wind Farm will be located in Aroostook County, the largest and northernmost county in Maine. Turbines will be located in the forested, unincorporated territory surrounding Bridgewater and will provide a stable form of income to local landowners.
Number Nine Wind Project will have an installed capacity of 400 megawatts (MW). Number Nine's generation will be equivalent to the consumption of more than 156,000 Maine homes.
Number Nine Wind Farm will yield significant economic benefits to the state of Maine in the form of payments to landowners, local spending, and annual community investment. More than $1 million will be paid to local landowners annually through the life of the project. The project will also provide Mainers with renewable energy.
Number Nine represents a capital investment of approximately $1.1 billion and will disburse an estimated $228 million in payments to local governments through the life of the project. The project will create up to 1,200 full-time equivalent jobs during construction as well as up to 12 permanent jobs. To date, EDP Renewables has spent more than $30 million on developing the wind farm in Maine, and millions of more dollars will be spent in the state to operate and maintain the wind farm throughout the project’s lifecycle.
The project will also provide significant indirect economic benefits to the region through spending at local businesses for goods, services, supplies, materials, dining, and lodging.
Number Nine Wind Farm will save more than 622 million gallons of water each year. Wind energy also enhances air quality by helping to reduce emissions of harmful air pollutants generated by fossil fuel plants. Maine has committed to an ambitious renewable portfolio standard, utilizing its abundant wind resources and passing on long-term benefits to ratepayers in the process.
Number Nine Wind Farm is compatible with existing land uses such as forestry and recreation and will provide a stable form of income to local landowners. Approximately $1 million will be paid annually to the wind farm’s landowners through the life of the project. These supportive landowners participate in long-term lease and easement agreements that enable wind turbines, access roads, and other electrical infrastructure.
Modern wind turbine generators are sophisticated, high-tech machines designed to capture the kinetic energy of the wind and convert it into electricity. A turbine’s blades capture the wind and rotate an internal shaft connected to a gearbox spinning a generator to produce electricity.
Number Nine will consist of state-of-the-art, modern wind turbines using cutting edge technology.
Connecting to the Grid
Number Nine Wind Farm will be located in Aroostook County, an area not currently connected to the U.S. power grid. As a result, the county has historically struggled with high electricity prices and reliability. This issue could potentially be addressed through Number Nine, which will connect to the grid via a new transmission line from the project’s siting in Aroostook County to the town of Pittsfield and would possibly serve ratepayers throughout northern Maine.
This transmission line could be used by future renewable energy projects or to connect communities and industries to the robust and reliable grid serving the greater New England region.