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August 27, 2009 | last updated December 1, 2011 1:26 am

DEP approves Record Hill wind farm

State environmental regulators have given final approval to a 22-turbine wind farm in western Maine being proposed by the company founded by former Gov. Angus King.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has approved Record Hill Wind LLC's environmental permit application for the $120 million wind farm it wants to build along Record Hill, Flathead Mountain and Partridge Peak ridgelines in the Oxford County town of Roxbury, according to the DEP's 63-page decision. As a condition of Record Hill's permit, the company must hire a third-party inspector to monitor compliance with permit conditions during construction, which is expected to begin next year.

Record Hill Wind is a joint venture formed by Lyme, N.H.-based Wagner Forest Management and Independence Wind, the company King founded in 2007 with former Maine Public Broadcasting Network President Robert Gardiner. (Read a 2007 interview with King about Independence Wind.)

The project will have the capacity to generate 50.6 megawatts of electricity annually, but the company estimates it will operate at around 34% capacity on an annual basis. Colorado-basd CoBank is expected to finance the project.

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