AURORA  — Maine environmental regulators will hear what the public has to say about a proposed 18-turbine wind farm in Hancock County.

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting on First Wind’s Hancock Wind proposal on Thursday. Several DEP representatives and noise and visual consultants who were involved with the agency’s review will attend.

First Wind wants to begin construction this year on the 54-megawatt wind power generation facility on Schoppe Ridge and an unnamed ridge, with an operations and maintenance building in Aurora.

In addition to the 512-foot tall turbines, the project includes two 344-foot meteorological towers.

Power from the facility would flow to an expanded substation at the company’s nearby, 19-turbine Bull Hill Wind Project in Eastbrook.

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