Element Power US, LLC, owner & developer of the Black Fork Wind Farm, received its state Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need from the Ohio Power Siting Board for the construction & operation of the Black Fork Wind Project, a 200 MW wind farm located in north central Ohio.
Element Power has advanced the project via one of the most rigorous state-level permitting processes in the country. The project is located in Crawford and Richland Counties on around 15,000 acres of agricultural land. The approved permit permits Black Fork Wind to choose from many turbine technologies giving the project the flexibility to use the most competitive technology & supply the finest value to the end consumer.
The project now moves one step closer to construction with a commercial operations date as early as 2013 and is being actively marketed to buyers all through Ohio and PJM. Extension of the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) and securing a energy sales contract are key for the project to move to construction.
Throughout project construction, roughly 200 men and women will be employed, providing a substantial financial enhance to the region, which has knowledgeable a major loss of tasks from plant closures in recent years. During operation, the project is expected to provide eight-12 full-time tasks over its 20- year duration & provide $1.8 million per year to the local communities in tax income. Moreover, the project will have the capacity to generate enough clean electricity for just about 55,000 households.
Consistent with its focus on delivering electricity generated from both solar & wind at a competitive charge, Element Power is improving utility-scale photovoltaic solar work in Ohio as well.