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New Logan County wind farm gets Planning Commission recommendation

At their meeting Tuesday evening, the Logan County Regional Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend a conditional use permit petition for a new wind farm in Logan County.

Before the vote, the commission heard a presentation from Bob Paladino, a representative of Relight US Corp., which is the parent company of Delaware-based petitioner Meridien, LLC. He addressed some of the issues that go into creating a large-scale wind farm, including road access and working with landowners.

The proposed energy conversion system would consist of meteorological towers, 81 wind turbines, collector lines, substations, transmission lines, access roads, and related structures.

The owners of 96 parcels of land between Mount Pulaski, Elkhart, Lake Fork and Broadwell have already agreed to participation in the system, which will require roughly one acre of land per turbine, including the pad that it sits on and an access drive to each one.

The commission discussed certain road upgrades that will need to be completed before the company could begin bringing in any equipment.

County Zoning Officer Will D’Andrea said Thursday that virtually all of the roads used in the process of building the wind farm would essentially have to be reconstructed.

The Logan County Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on the matter at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Mount Pulaski Christian Church Family Life Center at 114 North Lafayette Street, in Mount Pulaski, Ill. The public is invited to attend and have their opinion heard.