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Work at Roth Rock project site under way

Workers have begun clearing timber on the site of what could become one of two commercial wind power facilities atop Backbone Mountain. ...Synergics plans to sell its product to several Maryland state entities, including the University of Maryland, through a 20-year power purchase agreement. Rogers did not specify whether or not that agreement is finalized.

Logging being done not associated with planned wind farm

OAKLAND - Workers have begun clearing timber on the site of what could become one of two commercial wind power facilities atop Backbone Mountain.

TheRoth Rock project, as it is known, will consist of 20 2.5-megawatt wind turbines stretched across about three miles of the mountain top near the West Virginia border.

The Annapolis-based project developer, Synergics, has completed renewable energy facilities in nine states and 13 foreign countries since its founding in 1980, according to CEO WayneRogers. Roth Rock will be the company's first wind power project.

Rogers said the logging activity now going on at the site is "normal tree cutting" not associated with Synergics and done under separate permitting from the wind project.

"We will use the logging roads (improved with better gravel and stormwater runoff protection) to the extent possible," Rogers wrote in an e-mail interview. "We will have to clear some timber and remove stumps left by logging activity, but it is only after the land has been logged."

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Logging being done not associated with planned wind farm

OAKLAND - Workers have begun clearing timber on the site of what could become one of two commercial wind power facilities atop Backbone Mountain.

The Roth Rock project, as it is known, will consist of 20 2.5-megawatt wind turbines stretched across about three miles of the mountain top near the West Virginia border.

The Annapolis-based project developer, Synergics, has completed renewable energy facilities in nine states and 13 foreign countries since its founding in 1980, according to CEO Wayne Rogers. Roth Rock will be the company's first wind power project.

Rogers said the logging activity now going on at the site is "normal tree cutting" not associated with Synergics and done under separate permitting from the wind project.

"We will use the logging roads (improved with better gravel and stormwater runoff protection) to the extent possible," Rogers wrote in an e-mail interview. "We will have to clear some timber and remove stumps left by logging activity, but it is only after the land has been logged."

Synergics chose the site because it has already been disturbed by mining activity and logging, and it is located in an area with electrical transmission lines already running through, he said.

The developer entered an agreement with Nordex USA Inc., the U.S. division of a company headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, to purchase the wind turbines it plans to install on the site. The agreement also includes installation and a five-year maintenance agreement, according to a news release from Nordex.

Nordex is scheduled to begin delivering the turbines in August, with the project expected to be completed in December.

"We were fortunate to have Nordex as we went through the process of bringing the first wind farm to Maryland," Rogers said in a prepared statement. "Their support and the enthusiasm of our customers and constituents have made this project possible."

Synergics plans to sell its product to several Maryland state entities, including the University of Maryland, through a 20-year power purchase agreement. Rogers did not specify whether or not that agreement is finalized.

Work is also under way at a second wind farm planned for Backbone Mountain, a Constellation Energy facility near Eagle Rock.

That project will consist of 28 turbines and an electrical substation.


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MAY 22 2010
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