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Acciona withdraws from Prairie Mills wind turbine project

At Wednesday’s GREDF Annual Meeting, Adams County Board Chairman Mike Mclaughlin read a prepared statement from the two companies working on wind turbine development in Adams County.

The release from Acciona and Global Winds Harvest announced that Global Winds Harvest would be taking sole ownership of the Prairie Mills wind project while Acciona focused on expanding in other regional markets.

The two companies were working together to develop Prairie Mills, and both affirm their view of the venture has not changed, “…this project is one of high value set to provide Adams County with renewable energy for years to come. This view has not faltered.”

The project has run into some recent road blocks, with the villages of Clayton and Golden voting to ban turbine development within a 1.5 mile area of each respective village.

Here is the complete statement from the companies: “The Prairie Mills wind project has been an exciting joint venture for ACCIONA and Global Winds Harvest. From the beginning, we saw this project as one of high value set to provide Adams County with renewable energy for years to come. This view has not faltered. Aside from energy production, the Prairie Mills Wind Project will increase property tax revenue, promote long-term income to family owned farms, propel job creation and reduce our nation’s dependency on foreign fossil fuels.

ACCIONA’s resources are currently focused on expanding in other regional markets. For this reason, Global Winds Harvest will take ownership of the project and continue to increase the project’s value while taking it to completion. Both companies have been actively working together to develop this project and are excited to have Global Winds Harvest carry the project forward.

We would like to thank the Adams County community, the county and township officials, and the landowners for their support of the project. We hope that this support will continue as Global Winds Harvest brings this project to fruition and provides the Adams County community with promising environmental and economic benefits.”