MOSCOW — A former Air Force radar station in western Maine has been purchased by three companies that intend to generate energy, most likely from wind turbines.

Maine-based Cianbro and Massachusetts-based Conroy Development Corp. and Jay Cashman Inc. announced Monday that they purchased the 1,300-acre site.

The Sun Journal quotes Cianbro CEO Peter Vigue as saying wind power could be generated at the location without disturbing local residents. The companies said they hope to utilize the existing infrastructure like roads, power lines, substations and buildings.

The Over-the-Horizon-Backscatter radar system scanned the skies from Greenland to Cuba for approaching Soviet missiles and planes before it was shut down in the 1990s. The Air Force sold the property in December for $730,000 to a real estate firm with ties to Jay Cashman Inc.