Howard, N.Y. – If everything goes as planned, a wind farm in the Town of Howard will be functional in about six months, according to Supervisor Don Evia.
EverPower Renewables has told town officials it’s planning on having a 25 turbine farm functional by mid October. Evia Wednesday night said he was surprised the company expects to be running by then.
“That’s what I’m taking out of the latest communication,” said Evia. “That’s what they are telling the town.”
According to information recently reported by the The Courier newspaper, a 20-year payment plan will yield Howard 51.5 percent of the total, or $7.1 million, and the county will take in 16.5 percent, or $2.3 million. The Canisteo-Greenwood Central and Hornell City School District will split the remaining 32 percent, with the amounts determined by the location of the turbines.
The company is also looking to install two additional turbines on 39 acres of private land south of Spencer Hill and South Woods roads, bring the total number to 27. A public hearing will take place at 7 p.m. May 25 at the town hall. The Steuben County Industrial Development Agency, the Howard Planning Board and town officials will meet with residents to discuss concerns and provide more information about the project. A Draft Environmental Impact Statement accepted by SCIDA, the lead agency on the project, is available at the town hall and will be discussed.
Workers on the project have already began reinforcing roadways and transporting equipment. Construction crews have been busy working on access roads and Howard has seen more traffic lately, several townspeople said.
Like most wind farms in the region, EverPower battled multiple lawsuits and has put in years of work to get to this point.
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