Wind company says Orland site “looks promising”

ORLAND — A wind energy company based in New Hampshire is collecting data and studying the possibility of building a project in town.

Eolian Renewable Energy, based in Portsmouth, N.H., has had a temporary tower erected on Dodge Hill in North Orland for the past two and a half years.

The tower has equipment designed to collect information such as wind speed and direction, according to a company official.

“We are exploring the wind resource,” said Travis Bullard, senior developing manager with Eolian and one of the company’s founders.

Dodge Hill is located off of Mountain Road, in the northernmost corner of Orland.

Though Bullard used words such as “exploratory” and “evaluation” to describe where the company stands in regard to a possible project in Orland, he also said Eolian officials see potential.

“It does look promising for a possible project,” he said.

Bullard said the company does not yet have a specific proposal — i.e., how many turbines might be erected — but said the company’s plans might be “a little more firm” by this summer.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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