Thursday evening, the assembly room at the courthouse was overflowing into the hallways with concerned Rush County citizens.
The concerns came from rumor of wind turbines coming into Rush County. Joining the citizens were representatives from Apex Clean Energy and members of APC/BZA.
The Flat Rock Wind Project was summarized during the meeting. Rob Propes, senior development manager of the project stated that the turbines would be located on approximately 28,000 acres of open farmland in rural northern Rush County and southern Henry County. The turbines would be capable of producing up to 180 MW of energy, which is enough to power or 45,000 homes yearly.
Apex also claimed that the project would create around 200 construction jobs over the two counties. Once the project is complete, there will be between eight and 10 permanent jobs, jobs that will maintain the facility.
According to the Apex website, in the long-term, the project promises to bring sustained tax revenue to the county for the local government and schools, as well as 25 years of local purchasing, employment and investment.
Many who attended the meeting were against the wind farm coming to the area, while a handful or more were for the project.
Attendees learned pros and cons during the meeting and were given a chance to voice their opinions.
Most citizens were concerned for health reasons. One citizen stated that the wind farms caused insomnia, chest pain, headaches, etc.
A few others who spoke stated they were all for the wind farm. Having the turbines in the area would provide jobs and bring money to the community.
After a nearly three and half hour meeting, the board decided to table the decision of taking steps in direction toward the wind farms. The board didn’t agree that Apex met all the requirements for the project. Apex disagreed.
Friday afternoon, the Rushville Republican contacted Propes for a follow up.
“We really would’ve liked to have seen an approval made at the meeting, but we understand,” Propes said. “All of this information is a lot to digest and we understand completely. We will meet with the group over the next couple weeks and work out the bugs. Everyone has their own opinion on the project and that’s ok. We really do meet the requirements (for the ordinance), we just need to make it clearer to the board.”
The board will meet again in 60 days to further discuss the project.
For more information about the Flat Rock Wind Project, visit http://www.flatrockwindpower.com/about_flatrock
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