First Wind was, literally, first to plan development of a wind farm sited in Maine’s unorganized territory. Stantec was there to navigate regulatory standards ill-suited to this type of development. Our local knowledge of potential environmental impacts helped choose a strategic direction and in just nine months the permit applications for rezoning and site development were approved.
We covered rare species investigations, wetland and vernal pool evaluations, and wildlife and avian/bat assessments, while overseeing archaeological and historic resource evaluations, visual impact assessments, and noise studies. Today, the project has grown to 55 turbines with enough power for 30,000 New England homes.
Even with construction moving ahead, our work wasn’t complete. Along with construction monitoring, we developed and are implementing post-construction programs for the generation facility and transmission line. The protocols will verify the pre-construction evaluations of potential avian and bat casualty, and control invasive species in the transmission corridor. Both post construction efforts will inform and support decisions on future development as demand for wind power increases.