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Second wind farm proposed

ALEDO - Wind energy is getting more attention in Mercer County. The issue was a topic of discussion at this week's regular Mercer County Board meeting. A Chicago area company is proposing a wind farm in the northern end of the county.

"In this county we are currently leasing land to site up to 100 wind turbines to start construction as early as 2007," said Michael Arndt of Invenergy.

Test towers for the project are being placed between Reynolds and Preemption. When completed, the wind farm would sell the power generated to local utilities.

Each wind turbine would take up to one-third to one-half an acre out of production after construction for local farmers participating in the project.

How the turbines will be taxed in Mercer County has still yet to be determined.

It's the second such wind farm being proposed for the area.

In July, Greenlight Energy of Charlottesville, Va., announced it was interested in constructing 100 to 300 towers in the Alexis area along the Mercer and Warren County line.

Under that plan, landowners would receive more than $9,000 a year per turbine. Property owners who sign a contract would receive $500 a year for up to five years until steel goes into the ground.

Greenlight estimates it takes about five years from the beginning of discussions through construction to get the wind farm up and running.

A zoning meeting is set for Tuesday in Warren County to discuss the project, followed by the regular... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
"In this county we are currently leasing land to site up to 100 wind turbines to start construction as early as 2007," said Michael Arndt of Invenergy.

Test towers for the project are being placed between Reynolds and Preemption. When completed, the wind farm would sell the power generated to local utilities.

Each wind turbine would take up to one-third to one-half an acre out of production after construction for local farmers participating in the project.

How the turbines will be taxed in Mercer County has still yet to be determined.

It's the second such wind farm being proposed for the area.

In July, Greenlight Energy of Charlottesville, Va., announced it was interested in constructing 100 to 300 towers in the Alexis area along the Mercer and Warren County line.

Under that plan, landowners would receive more than $9,000 a year per turbine. Property owners who sign a contract would receive $500 a year for up to five years until steel goes into the ground.

Greenlight estimates it takes about five years from the beginning of discussions through construction to get the wind farm up and running.

A zoning meeting is set for Tuesday in Warren County to discuss the project, followed by the regular Warren County Board meeting Wednesday.


Source: http://www.register-mail.co...

DEC 11 2005
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