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Bureau County approves wind farm - Tiskilwa family receives permits to construct four towers

PRINCETON - A rural Tiskilwa family received approval Tuesday night from the Bureau County Board night to construct four wind towers near Tiskilwa.

The board approved conditional use permits for the 1.25 to 2 mega-watt wind turbines for the AgriWind L.L.C. project, owned by the Sears family.

AgriWind L.L.C. estimates the project will cost about $11 million and involve about 350 acres, said developer Mike Sears.

Sears said his family developed AgriWind L.L.C. to offer local landowners an opportunity to invest in the wind energy business.

"We're consulting with other landowners who are looking to do this," Sears said. "Most people developing wind projects just come in and pay the farmer a basic lease permit for the land. We end up paying the landowners quite a bit better."

Mike Sears' brother, Todd Sears, president of AgriWind L.L.C., has farmed in this area for many years. Todd Sears said AgriWind L.L.C. was developed to give local landowners like himself a chance to work closely with a small-scale, community-involved wind energy developer.

The project is much smaller than other wind projects in the area, including the 54-megawatt Crescent Ridge project, about four miles south of the proposed AgriWind project. The 33-turbine Crescent Ridge project is operational.

The county also has several other prospective wind projects, including an about... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
The board approved conditional use permits for the 1.25 to 2 mega-watt wind turbines for the AgriWind L.L.C. project, owned by the Sears family.
 
AgriWind L.L.C. estimates the project will cost about $11 million and involve about 350 acres, said developer Mike Sears.
 
Sears said his family developed AgriWind L.L.C. to offer local landowners an opportunity to invest in the wind energy business.
 
"We're consulting with other landowners who are looking to do this," Sears said. "Most people developing wind projects just come in and pay the farmer a basic lease permit for the land. We end up paying the landowners quite a bit better."
 
Mike Sears' brother, Todd Sears, president of AgriWind L.L.C., has farmed in this area for many years. Todd Sears said AgriWind L.L.C. was developed to give local landowners like himself a chance to work closely with a small-scale, community-involved wind energy developer.
 
The project is much smaller than other wind projects in the area, including the 54-megawatt Crescent Ridge project, about four miles south of the proposed AgriWind project. The 33-turbine Crescent Ridge project is operational.
 
The county also has several other prospective wind projects, including an about 60-megawatt Eurus Crescent Ridge II, located near Tiskilwa, and Midwest Energy's Crescent Ridge II project, also located near Tiskilwa.
 
Midwest Wind Energy is also developing a 200-megawatt wind farm near Ohio in the northern part of the county.
 
In other County Board news, a Kewanee-based health-care business talked to the board about the possibility of managing or buying Prarieview Nursing Home from the county.
 
Mike Peterson, owner of Peterson Health Care, said he was approached about the possibility of buying the nursing home. Peterson said Tuesday if the county ever wanted to sell it, or enter into a managing agreement with his company, he would be willing to accept an offer.
 
Peterson Health Care owns or operates 55 nursing homes in Illinois and one in Davenport, Iowa.
 


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MAR 15 2006
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