Data from a wind study in Allegan County has the Holland Board of Public Works optimistic.
“Most of what I’ve seen has been positive, and that’s been encouraging,” said Business Services Director Dan Nally.
Monday, the BPW Board of Directors approved a 111-day extension of the land lease in Allegan County at a cost of $105,406.
It also hired Jackson-based Commonwealth Associates Inc., at a cost of $40,400, to analyze the cost and effect of interconnecting a wind farm in Allegan County to BPW’s electrical transmission system.
“Obviously, we’re optimistic that it’s going to be good because we’re investing more money,” Nally said.
In October, the BPW installed meteorological towers to measure wind speed and direction as well as humidity, Nally said. The extension of the land lease will allow BPW to gather more data to bring to its board and the Holland City Council in the future.
More information has to be collected, including the effect on the flora and fauna in the area.
A study on bats has been done and is being reviewed, Nally said. A study on birds also is under way.
“We’re doing due diligence,” he said.
More wind information is necessary if BPW and the city opt to finance a wind-energy project.
At the end of October, a year’s worth of data will be available, which is what banks require for financing, Nally said.
Ordinances to allow and regulate wind turbines have been approved in Ganges, Fillmore and Saugatuck townships, Nally said. Overisel met Tuesday to discuss an ordinance.
“For the most part, people have been supportive,” Nally said.
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