Purchase of this renewable resource began in 2015. MGED began taking wind power generated by Saddleback Ridge Wind, a 12-turbine project located in Carthage, Maine, in May of 2015.
Under a long-term contract, MGED receives just under 7% of the project's output. This will total around 7.35 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity each year, or about 2.4 megawatts of capacity.
Our portion of this project's clean, renewable power will prevent 6,240 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions every year. In total, the Saddleback Ridge Wind project will annually reduce carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of some 5.4 million gallons of gasoline.
About the Saddleback Ridge Wind Project
The Saddleback Ridge Wind Project is a 34.2 megawatt (MW), 12-turbine wind project located in Carthage, Maine. GE's 2.85 MW turbines use state-of-the-art technology that maximizes efficiency and produces more electricity with fewer towers.
Saddleback Ridge Wind's turbines are expected to generate nearly 105 million kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable electricity each year. That is enough to power about 17,500 homes (based on 500 kWh per home per month) and reduces the amount of CO2 emissions by the equivalent of approximately 5.4 million gallons of gasoline consumed.
In 2014, all major site work and transmission lines were completed by local construction teams. Three out of twelve turbines were erected and began operating in late 2014. In summer 2015, the last nine turbines were delivered and installed. The project was completed in September 2015, and all twelve turbines are now producing clean energy.