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After a Seven-Year Fight, Antrim Wind Project Gets State Approval

A simulation of the project prepared for the first proposal. One of the left-most turbines have been eliminated in the new proposal, and the second shortened so the hub is below the treeline.

A 7-year old proposal for a wind farm in Antrim has finally received the green light from state regulators. The construction is expected to start next fall with the project up and running by 2018.

The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee voted 5 to 1 Monday to approve the 9-turbine wind project, which aims to increase renewable energy output in the state. But this wasn’t the first time the committee weighed in on this proposal.

In 2009 it was rejected for being "unaesthetically pleasing" but developers responded to these concerns by eliminating one turbine and lowering the height of another.

This time the committee gave it the thumbs up. Jack Kenworthy of Walden Green Energy, the company behind the project, says it’s been a long push but he’s excited to move forward. 

“This is good news. It’s good news for New Hampshire, this is a project that is going to bring significant amount of investment and clean energy and conservation benefits to this region,” Kenworthy said.

The project is estimated to provide power for roughly 12,000 homes, 20 percent of which is mandated to stay in New Hampshire.

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