Approval has been granted by the Ohio state Power Siting Board for the installation of up to 176 turbines on 17,000 acres of leased land in Hardin and Logan counties. The proposal is for the Scioto Ridge wind project in Ohio to proceed which would result in a 300MW wind farm.
The project is being run by Pittsburgh-based EverPower Wind Holdings and the company has included a range of potential turbines in its permit application including 1.7MW to 3.3MW machines by Repower, Nordex, Vestas, Gamesa and GE. The project will be constructed by Hardin Wind which is a subsidiary of EverPower Wind Holdings.
Associated Transmission Projects
Consent has also been given for the construction of other electric transmission facilities. These additional projects are:
- a 345kV substation
- a five-mile 345kV transmission line to an existing AEP 345kV circuit.
Both of these projects are associated with the construction of the wind farm. Part of the process of completing the wind farm will involve the creation and use of up to 60 miles of access roads, 83 miles of underground electric collection lines and four meteorological towers.
The applications for the wind farm and the associated transmission facilities were first filed in June and September 2013. The Power Siting Board order subjects the projects to 28 conditions that must be implemented by Hardin Wind to ensure the construction and operation of the wind farm is done in a way that mitigates impacts to area residents and ecological resources.
It must be remembered that this approval is one of a number of steps that must be undertaken by the company before work can commence on the construction of the wind farm. If the environmental criteria and other steps are taken properly, EverPower hopes that construction will get underway in 2015.
Opposition to the Project
Several dozen local residents in a group called Fight the Wind have asked the Hardin County commissioners to repeal an “alternative energy zone” agreement that cuts the amount of tax the company must pay on each turbine. The tax break is necessary to make the project economically viable. Logan County does not have an alternative energy zone and the Fight the Wind group will be fighting to ensure one isn’t enacted by local officials.