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Utilities panel backs Stearns wind farm  

Credit:  Written by Times staff report, www.sctimes.com 16 February 2012 ~~

ST. PAUL – A proposed wind farm in western Stearns County cleared a hurdle Thursday before the state Public Utilities Commission.

The commission voted 3-1 in favor of a draft site permit for the 40-megawatt Getty Wind Farm about 5 miles southwest of Sauk Centre in Getty and Sauk Centre townships.

The community-based wind project under development by Getty Wind and Geronimo Wind Energy is expected to cover 7,360 acres. It would have up to 26 turbines, each with a total height of roughly 450 feet including the blades.

The companies hope to have the wind farm operating by the end of the year.

Geronimo also is proposing to build a 42-megawatt Black Oak Wind Farm adjacent to the Getty Wind site, as well as the 95-megawatt Paynesville Wind Farm in central Stearns County.

Source:  Written by Times staff report, www.sctimes.com 16 February 2012

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