Construction begins on 185-megawatt wind farm in Maine; expected on line by end of 2016

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Construction has begun on a wind farm in Bingham that is anticipated to be the state's largest wind energy project.

SunEdison announced Wednesday it had secured $360 million in financing for the wind farm that is expected to produce 185 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 65,000 homes. The total cost of the project is estimated at $420 million.

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When it's finished in late 2016, the 56-turbine farm will bring SunEdison's total wind-generation capacity in Maine to 552 megawatts.

Missouri-based SunEdison says it will sell the electricity to three New England utilities in New England; Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil.