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Since 2006, PAL has provided cultural resource management services for six major proposed wind power developments.
In 2008, First Wind, one of the nation’s leading independent wind power companies, began construction of the Stetson Wind project in Washington County, Maine. The 57 megawatt (MW) wind project has the capacity to generate approximately 167 million kilowatt-hours (kWh), enough clean wind energy to power about 23,500 New England homes per year.
PAL was contracted by Stantec to conduct historic property investigations to determine whether the project would impact any historic architectural resources that are listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
- PAL identified 19 properties within area of potential effects that are listed or eligible for listing in the National Register.
- Analysis of the potential visual effects found that while several had potential views of the constructed wind turbines, the project would not cause an adverse effect on the characteristics that make them eligible for the National Register.
- The Maine State Historic Preservation Office concurred with these findings. Stetson Wind was permitted for construction by the Maine Land Use Regulatory Commission in November 2007.
The project officially began generating power on a commercial basis and delivering it to the New England electrical grid on January 22, 2009. It is the largest wind energy project in operation in New England.