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Spruce Mountain Wind Project Holds Open House
Spruce Mountain Wind Project Holds Open House

(Woodstock, ME)  Hundreds of curious people took advantage of the Open House invitation that Spruce Mountain Wind offered on Saturday, December 3rd.  It was an excellent opportunity  to view the 10 wind turbines installed on the mountain over the past summer, although work on the project began 3 years ago.  The weather could not have been better for an early December day with clear skies and above freezing temperature.  Homemade donuts, chocolate chip cookies, muffins, coffee and hot chocolate were served up for visitors by the Mollyockett Motel Crosstone Restaurant and Conference Center as people patiently waited their turn to ride up the mountain in vans provided by the project.  Smiling broadly, Todd Presson, Chief Operating Officer of Patriot Renewables, LLC was on hand to meet and great onlookers.  He and Project Coordinator, Tom Carroll handed out Spruce Mountain Wind baseball caps which were quickly worn by many of the visitors.   

The project took about 6 months to build the turbines and provided jobs for about 150 workers.  19 Maine companies were directly involved in the development and construction of the project.  Each of the 10 turbines will produce enough energy to power about 1,000 homes every year.  Turbine towers are 256 feet tall and the blades reach 404 feet at the highest point.  Each blade is over 140 feet long. 

Standing on top of the mountain next to one of the turbines, one could get a sense how massive the towers are.  Visitors were allowed to get out of the vehicles, take pictures and even touch the base of a tower.  The turbines and view from the mountain was described as breath-taking by a couple from Dixfield.  Michael Cummings took his kindergarten aged grandson Noah to the open house.  Both were very impressed.  "We can see some of the turbines from the back of my home.  It would only be a 40 minute walk for me, but I couldn't miss taking Noah up in a vehicle.  He'll remember this."

Besides the 3 vans used to bring people to the top, Tom Carroll and other Patriot Renewables staff drove up smaller groups to help keep the line moving.  "We'll have another open house in the spring.  It's great to see so much interest in our project.", said Tom. 

The turbines are now in the testing phase.  All 10 turbines are expected to be turning and generating energy by the end of this month (December 2011).


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