Lee to vote on turbine proposal
Locally, the project entails six turbines in southern Alto Township and 12 turbines in Willow Creek Township, just north of U.S. Highway 30.
Those townships stand to collect about 70 percent of the $220,000 paid yearly by FPL Group, the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, the subsidiary handling the project. That money would be used to fund things such as road maintenance and local school districts.
In DeKalb County, 133 of the nearly 400-foot-tall turbines are proposed.
February 5, 2009
by Chase Castle
in Sauk Valley News
DIXON - The Lee County Board is setting its sails to green energy this week, as plans for 18 new wind turbines near completion.
If the plan is approved, the county will receive about $220,000 a year from the company building the turbines, on top of tax dollars resulting from enhanced property values. It also could create up to 20 local, long-term jobs based in DeKalb County.
The turbines could be operational as soon as December, but first will need approval from the county zoning board of appeals at a meeting tonight, and by the full county board Feb. 17.... [continue via Web link]