Local renewable energy company EOS Ventures collaborates on largest off shore wind farm in New England located on Vinalhaven, ME.
Hancock, MA: This morning, Maine Governor John Baldacci joined the communities on the Fox Islands in a ceremony to dedicate the largest community-owned wind facility on the East Coast and the largest off-shore wind farm in New England. EOS Ventures of Hancock, MA provided wind turbine procurement logistics for the $14.5 million project and played a critical role as owner’s engineer. The Fox Islands Wind Project’s three large-scale wind turbines will generate 4.5 megawatts of electricity for the islands of Vinalhaven and North Haven, providing clean energy to the islands’ residents for decades to come.
The dedication marks the first completed renewable energy project for EOS Ventures in the state of Maine. The project will provide stabilized power supplies and lowered energy costs for the islands’ residents.
EOS Ventures CEO Tyler Fairbank stated, “EOS is proud to be a part of the group that worked to make this project happen and have led the way for renewable energy in Maine. The EOS team has been deeply involved in this project for over a year and we are thrilled to see the turbines producing power for these islands.”
The turbines’ dedication is the result of strong support from the entire Fox Islands community since the project’s inception. In a nearly unanimous vote in July 2008, island residents ushered in a new era of renewable power in Maine by approving the project, and the arrival of the turbines earlier this summer was hailed by local residents.
“We have worked successfully and productively with EOS on turbine procurement, logistics, construction, and commissioning,” said George Baker, Fox Islands Wind CEO and Vice President for Community Wind at the Island Institute. “They have been a great partner on the Fox Islands Project.”
The three turbines are expected to generate approximately 11,600 megawatt hours of electricity per year, supplying the island communities with cleaner, more affordable power. Any additional energy not used by the communities will be sent off-island to the grid. The electricity generated from the project is expected to offset 5,400 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
The project is a collaboration of several New England-based companies and organizations, including the Island Institute, Cianbro Corporation, EOS Ventures, Diversified Communications and Fox Islands Electric Cooperative. More information is available at http://www.foxislandswind.com/
EOS Ventures is a renewable energy company developing and financing wind and solar projects in the Northeast. Find out more at www.eos-ventures.com.