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Second tower to measure wind in Thayer County

THAYER COUNTY – A second meteorological tower soon should be erected for a second wind farm project here.

The project is known as Aether Energy LLC. Project organizer Gary Aksamit, a Texas-based energy broker who grew up in Alexandria, announced last week in a news release that Aether will begin construction of the meteorological tower the second week of July.

Met towers measure the amount of wind present in an area and provide an indication of how much electricity may be generated by a wind project.

The 196-foot Aether Met tower will be located one mile northeast of Byron along Nebraska Highway 8, just north of the Kansas border. It will be built by Salt Lake City-based GPCo, but Aether LLC will own the tower.

Aksamit said Tuesday he learned the tower was already en route to Thayer County and should arrive in a few days.
As soon as the tower is up, it will begin tracking wind data immediately.

It will take at least a year’s worth of wind data to validate the value of the wind resource for the landowners, Aksamit said.
“Once we have that information, we can give the landowners an idea of what they can expect to earn from a wind turbine on their land,” he said.