Bull Hill Wind Turbine Project is Step Closer to Completion
A ship that hails from the Isle of Man, carrying cargo from Denmark, made its way to Searsport Monday night, where a team at Sprague Energy was waiting to unload the hundreds of thousands of pounds in materials that give insight to the scale of First Wind’s Bull Hill project.”We’ll have twenty guys working for two days just on this ship alone,” said Tim Winters, the company’s terminal manager.On board are a portion of the towers the plan’s 19 turbines call for. Once constructed, each will stand more than 300 feet tall, slightly larger than any other project in the state.”To date, all of the wind projects in Maine are 80 meters. Because Bull Hill is a lower elevation site than all the other sites so far in Maine, it is closer to the coast so it does have some wind, but to capture that wind we did have to get up a little higher,” said David Fowler, First Wind’s Director of Development of New England.Fowler said they plan to begin constructing the towers at the site July 1. They’ve entered into a longterm power purchase agreement with the electric company, NSTAR, which is based out of Massachusetts. “Bull Hill is expected to power enough energy for 18,000 homes annually,” said Fowler.Two more shipments, carrying the blades, are expected to arrive by train in the next few weeks. By this November, First Wind hopes to show what kind of power a project of this scale carries.