University of Maine at Presque Isle Wind Project

Project Timeline

Nov. 21, 2004 - Twenty-month wind measurement survey, conducted by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's Renewable Energy Research Laboratory, begins.
July 2006 - RERL finishes collecting data for the 20-month wind measurement survey. Data is sent to Woodard & Curran, which the University has hired as a consultant. Woodard & Curran reviews the data in order to complete a wind resource assessment.
February 2007 - University looks for federal earmarks and legislative support for a potential wind project.
Feb. 16, 2007 - University joins the Presidents Climate Commitment, an effort to move campuses across the United States toward carbon neutrality.
March 20, 2007 - The University receives results from Woodard & Curran's wind resource assessment. Results indicate the campus receives enough wind for a community wind project, not a commercial wind project, to be a fiscally feasible venture for the University.
March 2007 - President Don Zillman briefs the campus community about the potential for a community wind project and receives strong support for the project.
April 2007 - University makes decision to move forward with project.
May 3, 2007 - President Don Zillman announces during a press conference that the University intends to move forward on a project to build a 400 to 700 kW wind turbine on campus.
Sept. 10, 2007 - University of Maine System's Board of Trustees approves UMPI's wind turbine project.
October 2007 - University sends out Request for Proposals on its wind project.
Oct. 24, 2007 - University receives $50,000 Voluntary Renewable Resources Fund grant from the Maine Public Utilities Commission for its wind project.
Nov. 15, 2007 - University receives first bids on request for proposals.
Nov. 2007 to Oct. 2008 - Contract negotiations ensue; University moves forward on permitting processes.
Dec. 7, 2007 - Student government officials declare strong support for the wind project.
Jan 15, 2008 - University conducts conference calls to review turbine purchase options.
March 25, 2008 - University officials travel to California to review, and eventually reject, a refurbished turbine.
April 2008 - Federal Aviation Authority requires permitting process to ensure wind turbine will not affect Presque Isle fly zone.
May 28, 2008 - University receives FAA permit approval
June 2008 - Maine Army National Guard members improve field road leading to proposed turbine site.
July 23, 2008 - Proposal for a 65 meter tower requires another FAA permit.
Aug. 28, 2008 - Comparison of two finalists by University of Maine System favors Lumus Construction Inc. bid.
Sept. 30, 2008 - Lumus agrees to suggested contract changes.
Oct. 16, 2008 - University receives FAA permit approval.
Oct. 30, 2008 - University hosts pre-contract review meeting on campus with Lumus.
Nov. 19, 2008 - University announces it has reached an agreement with Lumus Construction Inc. on its $2 million wind turbine project. RRB Energy Ltd. will provide the blades and nacelle for the turbine; the turbine tower will come from a U.S. manufacturer.
Nov. 19, 2008 - Construction work begins on turbine base.
Nov. 24, 2008 - University hosts major press conference with Lumus Construction Inc. officials to announce project details and host a formal contract signing ceremony.November and December 2008 - Lumus Construction and contractors complete foundation work at the turbine site
February 2009 - Tower parts arrive from North Dakota
April 15, 2009 - Blades, hub and nacelle - manufactured in Chennai, India, delivered to the site
April 16, 2009 - Wind turbine assembly begins
April 19, 2009 - Crews complete assembly of turbine tower, nacelle, hub and blades
April and May 2009 - Interior equipment installation work underway. With the assistance of Maine Public Service Company, an electrical hook-up is established.
May 14, 2009 - University hosts environmentally friendly wind turbine commission ceremony. The event included remarks by state and local dignitaries, a Native American drumming song at the turbine site, and a ribbon cutting featuring the release of environmentally friendly, paper balloons.
Summer 2009 - Diagnostic testing underway
Nov. 19, 2009 - Braden Theater hosts official film premiere of Wind 101: The University of Maine at Presque Isle Builds a Wind Turbine. The film, directed by Frank Grant and narrated by Joseph Zubrick, follows the step-by-step process it took for the University to complete its major renewable energy project. The film premiere was held exactly one year after construction work began on the project.
Fall 2009 and Winter 2010 - UMPI officials work with turbine manufacturer, turbine contractor and Honeywell Corporation to secure and operate instrumentation that will allow for detailed measurements from the turbine to be shared with the community in an online format
April 22, 2010 - UMPI celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a day-long schedule of environmentally friendly-themed events, from a morning ceremony at the UMPI wind turbine site to an afternoon tree planting. The activities helped to mark the first anniversary of an important milestone for the UMPI wind turbine project – the successful assembly of the turbine was completed on April 19, 2009.
April 23, 2010 - UMPI President Don Zillman and NMCC President Timothy Crowley discussed the pioneering work done in the area of wind power when they served as speakers at the New England Sustainability Summit in Worcester, Mass. The conference, which brings together the region's senior leaders in higher education, business and government, was hosted by the New England Board of Higher Education.
May 8, 2010 - Wind 101 premieres on Maine Public Broadcasting Network
Sept. 18, 2010 - Wind 101 premieres on WLBZ-TV (Bangor)
Oct. 12, 2010 - UMPI received the inaugural 2010 Second Nature Leadership Award for Institutional Excellence in Climate Leadership in the public baccalaureate category. The award was presented at the 4th Annual Climate Leadership Summit of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) held in Denver, Colorado. Other award recipients included Cornell University, Dickinson College, and Ball State University.
Jan. 24-25, 2011 - UMPI and its wind turbine were featured prominently at the 2011 Maine Wind Energy Conference held at the Augusta Civic Center. UMPI President Don Zillman served as a keynote speaker and also delivered a presentation on UMPI's wind turbine during a breakout conference session. In addition, the film Wind 101 was shown on the last morning of the conference.