Published On: Thu, Nov 7th, 2013

Another wind farm to go up in Knox County

CENTER — Knox County Supervisors gave the go-ahead last week for Verdigre Land and Wind Partners LLC to start moving dirt for a wind farm.

Board members gave their approval on building permits for site preparation for eight wind towers west of Veridgre. The building permits include a two-year time frame.

The project could progress to as many as 50 wind towers, according to Steve Boyer, Project Developer, for Windlab Developments USA, Ltd.

Boyer explained the steps that need to be taken to get the project started.

Boyer spoke to board members concerning the urgency to move ahead with the building permits.

NPPD originally started working on the project, but it was never developed Boyer said.

The Verdigre Land Owners Assoc. and Wind Labs have now created a partnership for a wind project.

“We do not have an agreement to sell the energy yet, but we need to start construction. In order to qualify for a tax credit, construction has to be underway by the end of this year although it doesn’t have to be completed until 2016,” Boyer said.

“This is a rush job. We do not want to lose the production tax credit — it is worth about two to two and one-half cents per kilowatt.”

The sites will be excavated but construction will not begin until an agreement is in place to sell the energy. At that time, an application for a permit to construct the wind towers will be made.

Several  individuals showed up for the public hearing held on the Verdigre Land & Wind Partners LLC applications for Conditional Use Permits.

Elaine Uhlir, who lives in the Verdigre area, is a strong supporter of the wind farm project.

“This will bring money into the county. It will be a boon for the area — it will be good for the whole county,” Uhlir said.

“Crofton and Petersburg have been seeing the benefits from having a wind farm. We can too.”