Maple Ridge Wind Project
The Maple Ridge Wind Farm (formerly called Flat Rock Wind Power Project) is a 321 megawatt (MW) project located in the towns of Martinsburg, Lowville, Watson and Harrisburg about 75 miles northeast of Syracuse. It is a joint venture between Iberdrola Renewables, LLC and Horizon Wind Energy (based in Houston, Texas and owned by EDP Renewables). The project produces enough electricity to power up to 160,000 average New York homes. Maple Ridge has increased the amount of wind power in New York by 600 percent. New York is a state with a 25 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) designed to be in full effect by 2013, one of the most aggressive such policies in the nation.
The project will support the local economy through property tax payments to seven local tax jurisdictions; up to 400 jobs were created during construction and approximately 35 full-time employees during operation. While the entire project area spans approximately 21,000 acres, the actual footprint of the turbines uses less than one percent of the total acreage. Landowners will continue using the remainder of the land for pastures, timberland, farming, and leisure activities.
The Maple Ridge Wind Farm was named to honor the maple sugaring tradition in Lewis County, the leading maple syrup producing county in New York. The Maple Ridge project is situated at the eastern edge of the Tug Hill plateau, an area that frequently experiences strong lake-effect weather and has long been known for its exceptional snow falls and wind resource.
In order to demonstrate their commitment to the environment, the Maple Ridge Wind Farm and its owners, Iberdrola Renewables, LLC and Horizon Wind Energy are conducting the most extensive post-construction avian and bat mortality studies ever performed at an eastern United States wind project.