Reed & Reed builds bridge to Maine’s clean energy future

Based in Woolwich, Maine, Reed & Reed got its start in 1928 building bridges. Now it’s a full-service contractor that has been working in the renewable energy industry for nearly a decade.

Reed & Reed’s on-site work at wind farms includes erecting wind turbine generators. Beyond mechanical capabilities, the company performs civil, structural, and electrical work on wind farms. It also helps design and buid roads, foundations, collectors, substations, and switchyards.

In addition to wind and brudges, the company’s project portfolio includes marine terminals, industrial facilities, and parking garages.

John Cooney, Reed & Redd’s vice president of finance and development, traces Reed & Reed’s first interest in the wind industry to 2003, when the company began to look into wind farm projects in the early development stage.

“We knew the type of work matched well with our core competencies and resources,” Cooney said.

In 2005, during a lag in new bridge construction, Reed & Reed made the decision to enter the industry. The following year, the company completed its first project, the 42-megawatt Mars Hill wind farm in Maine.

Today, Reed & Reed has completed 12 wind projects in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont, erecting more than 280 turbines that add 554 megawatts of new capacity to New England’s electrical grid.

Beyond employing more than 200 people – 130 of whom are currently in the middle of building three different wind projects in three different states – Reed & Reed also notices the economic benefits that its wind farms, representing over $1 billion in investment capital, can have in remote areas.

“These projects currently are the economic life blood of many rural communities ever since the paper industry has essentially left the state,” Cooney said.

Since 2005, Reed & Reed’s wind farm work has generated more than $325 million in revenue.

This report originally appeared in the Sept. 2012 NRDC publication “American Wind Farms: Breaking Down the Benefits from Planning to Production.”