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State's First Wind Turbine Facility To Officially Start In January 2011

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Sep. 30, 2010

The official start-up date for Constellation Energy’s Backbone Mountain wind energy facility is the first week of January 2011. Dave Wagner, the Baltimore-based company’s local representative, gave the Garrett County commissioners an update on the 70 megawatt (MW) Criterion Wind Project on Tuesday.

“The project is moving along nicely,” Wagner said, about Maryland’s first wind turbine project.

Tree-clearing and construction for the initiative began this March in the Eagle Rock area and now stretches over an eight-mile area along the ridgeline. Each of the 28 Clipper 2.5MW Liberty wind turbines will be approximately 415 feet tall, to the tip of a blade rotated straight up.

“As of two weeks ago, all of the deliveries for the project have been made – that is, all of the large, oversize deliveries have been made,” Wagner told the commissioners. “In all, we had about 560 large trucks go through Garrett County, escorted by the state police.”

He noted that all of the trucks have arrived, all of the loads have been discharged, and many of the loads have been installed.

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