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Group opposed to south Huron County wind farm announces meeting 

Credit:  Tom Jackson | Sandusky Register | Feb 4, 2015 | www.sanduskyregister.com ~~

A group opposing a wind farm project in southern Huron County has scheduled a public meeting on Feb. 22 to discuss updates to the situation.

Greenwich Neighbors United is hosting the event, as the developers of the project and opponents of it continue to await further action from the Ohio Power Siting Board.

6011 Greenwich Windpark LLC, a subsidiary of Windlab Developments USA, plans to build up to 25 wind turbines in Greenwich Township, covering 4,650 acres of land leased from landowners, east of Greenwich and just north of Richland County. The planned turbines would be up to 490.5 feet tall, with rotor diameters of 383 feet.

After holding hearings and taking testimony, the Ohio Power Siting Board issued an order on August 25 last year, allowing the project to be built.

Omega Crop Co. then filed a request for a rehearing on the matter.

The board still has not taken any action on the request, said Matt Butler, a spokesman for the board.

“It’s still pending. We have a meeting scheduled for March 9, but I have not seen an agenda. That would certainly be the earliest we would see anything,” Butler said.

6011 Greenwich Windpark LLC also has inquired about the status of the rehearing request, Butler said.

Monica Jensen, a spokeswoman for the company, said last year that the company wanted to begin construction at the end of 2015 and have an operational wind farm by 2016. She could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

In its filing, Omega argues that plans for 16 of the 26 planned wind turbines show that the setback, the distance from neighboring property lines, is less than the law requires.

Kevin Ledet, chairman of Greenwich Neighbors United, said everyone is welcome to attend the meeting and learn more about the project.

“Some members of the community are very engaged in the issue of the possibility of wind turbines being erected in Greenwich and they want to know what they can do to stop them. There are other members of the community who are just learning about the wind turbines and are thirsty for more information,” Ledet said.

“So, we decided to host a casual event, with some entertainment and an opportunity for our attorney, Sam Randazzo, to bring the community up-to-date on the case and other developments about wind energy in Ohio,” he said.

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WHAT: Community meeting on Greenwich wind farm project, held by opponents
WHEN: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 22.

WHERE: South Central School, K-8, 3291 Greenwich Angling Rd., Greenwich.

Source:  Tom Jackson | Sandusky Register | Feb 4, 2015 | www.sanduskyregister.com

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