Wind project gets deadline extension

Last modified: Thursday, December 23, 2010
The deadline for state approval of a 24-turbine wind project in Groton has been pushed back to April.

Yesterday was supposed to be the last day for Spanish firm Iberdrola Renewables to get the okay from the state Site Evaluation Committee for construction of a 48-megawatt wind farm that would power about 20,000 homes. But several late developments in Iberdrola's proposal, including a new power line route for connecting the turbines to the PSNH energy grid, caused uncertainty about the project following a week's worth of state hearings last month.

The new deadline for the state to approve or deny the $110 million project along the Tenney and Fletcher mountain ridges is April 26.

Though the Groton selectmen support the project, the selectmen in neighboring Plymouth submitted a letter to state officials earlier this month asking for the turbines to be built elsewhere because 'these manmade structures will have a negative effect on Plymouth's character and scenic beauty.'