Welcome to Lincoln, now home to wind turbines whose noise will drown out the distinctive wild call of the loons on the 13 Lincoln Lakes.
Rollins Wind Project is 40 GE 1.5 MW turbines like this one. 389 feet from base to apex of the blade, taller than the tallest building in Maine, Franklin Towers in Portland, which is 202 feet tall.
North end of Rollins Mt. Large areas of shale rock blasted and leveled.
Lined up on Rollins Mt., there are 19 turbines on this mountain ridgeline.
Iconic Mt. Katahdin looms in the background.
Here's the entrance to tower #7. Hidden under the shale surrounding the huge tower is a massive amount of concrete and steel rebar. Due to the easily shattered shale rather than solid bedrock to anchor to, the maximum base had to be poured.
Everywhere you look to the north/northwest is omnipresent Mt. Katahdin. Wind developers are targeting ridges much closer to Maine's greatest icon.
The flatlands out there are the rich wetlands of the thousand acre bog of Mattakeunk Stream. The Rollins Project is located in the heart of the most significant migratory waterfowl flyway in Maine.
The pile of shale in the foreground shows that for stability of soils, Rollins was a poor construction site for wind turbines
Another view of Mt. Katahdin
Long distance view of the ridgeline of Rollins Mt. from Caribou Pond
Part of Rollins Mt. from across Caribou Pond
Part of Rollins Mt. from across Caribou Pond. This shows the powerline that connects the southern part of the project, the Rocky Dundee turbines to the Rollins Mt. part.
You cannot escape the presense of the turbines anywhere on the lakes
Rocky Dundee turbines peer over the treetops on Transalpine Rd.
Rocky Dundee turbines from Transalpine Rd.
Rocky Dundee turbines above Upper Cold Stream Pond, known locally as the "Little Narrows"
More Rocky Dundee turbines above Upper Cold Stream Pond. Imagine owning a cottage on the lake with turbines on top of you!
Meet the Moores, who live on a small farm. Their animals were spooked by the blasting during construction. They have listed the farm for sale so they can move to a quieter spot away from the turbines. They believe the turbines have lowered the value of the property.
Rocky Dundee turbines above Upper Cold Stream Pond
The scar of blasting and leveling the ridge is very visible from a mile away
A Rocky Dundee ridge in Burlington
Rocky Dundee ridge from Cobb Field Park on Mattanawcook Lake
The view up Mattanawcook Lake from Prince Thomas Park includes the Rocky Dundee turbines.
Turbines on the southern end of Rollins Mt. from Taylor Street in Lincoln
Rocky Dundee turbines from a Lincoln resident's home on Mattanawcook Lake
Pine trees line an undeveloped part of Mattanawcook Lake, with turbines on the southern end of Rollins Mt. looming above.
A closer look at Rocky Dundee turbines from further up the shore of Mattanawcook Lake in the Taylor Street neighborhood.