Number Nine Wind Farm will have an installed capacity of up to 600 megawatts (MW) — enough to power approximately 275,000 average Maine homes with clean energy each year. While the energy may be purchased by other states, the electricity will be fed into the ISO New England Grid, which is used by most of Maine.
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.
Number Nine will represent a capital investment of more than $1 billion and will disperse millions of dollars in payments to local governments through the life of the project. The project will create hundreds of full-time equivalent jobs during construction as well as dozens of well-paid permanent jobs. To date, EDP Renewables has spent more than $2 million in Aroostook County and more than $8 million in Maine and millions of dollars will be spent within 50 miles of the wind farm through the project’s lifecycle.
Unlike traditional sources of energy, wind farms do not require water to produce electricity. Number Nine Wind Farm will save more than 919 million gallons of water each year by displacing more water-intensive power plants.
Number Nine Wind Farm is compatible with other land uses such as forestry, recreation, and hunting, and provides a stable form of income to local landowners. Millions of dollars will be paid to the wind farm’s landowners through the life of the project. These supportive landowners participate in long-term lease and easement agreements that cover turbines, access roads, and transmission corridors.
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. Tubular steel towers support a hub with three attached blades and a nacelle, which houses the shaft, gearbox, generator, and controls. Wind measurements are collected to automatically rotate the turbine to face the strongest wind and angle, or “pitch,” its blades to optimize the energy captured. Electricity must be produced at just the right frequency and voltage to be compatible with the utility grid.
Number Nine Wind Farm will consist of state-of-the-art, modern wind turbines using cutting edge technology.