Spruce Mountain Wind Project
Energy New England (ENE) was able to negotiate contract terms that will allow its municipal clients to provide their customers with green power at a competitive price.
The project will generate enough electricity to power nearly 9,600 homes annually. In addition to the Energy, the municipal light plants will receive Capacity and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from the project during of the 15-year contract term.
Spruce Mountain Wind, a 20-megawatt project located in Woodstock, Maine, achieved commercial operation on December 21, 2011, just over a month after the final turbine was landed on its tower.
The project consists of 10 Gamesa G90 turbines each with a 2-megawatt nameplate rating. The rotor hubs stand approximately 250 feet off the ground with blade tips reaching nearly 375 feet skyward at their highest points. Spruce Mountain will provide renewable, carbon-free power to the 13 municipal light plants that agreed to the long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
Staff members from the participating municipal light plants and ENE stand in front of one of the Spruce Mountain Wind turbines during their site visit in November. It was a chilly and blustery day, but all were impressed by the sheer size of the turbines and their 150-ton steel towers.