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Invenergy planning fourth wind energy farm in Antelope County

Work is in the beginning stages on Invenergy’s fourth Antelope County-based wind energy farm. Invenergy announced Wednesday afternoon that the new farm is in the planning stages for the Neligh area.
According to an official press release from Invenergy received by The Elgin Review, they will be expanding and continuing their relationship with the residents and officials in Antelope County.
“With an excellent wind resource and support for clean, homegrown energy, Nebraska is an outstanding location for wind power generation. We’re proud that our Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Center, in Antelope and Boone Counties, contributes more than $3 million annually to the local economy through tax revenue, landowner payments, and staff salaries.
Construction is now underway on the project’s second and third phases: The 73 MW Prairie Breeze II Wind Energy Center, also in Antelope and Boone Counties, is scheduled to begin commercial operation in the fourth quarter of this year. The Prairie Breeze III Wind Energy Center in Antelope County will generate approximately 36 MW of power once operational in 2016. The project expansion phases also will bring significant economic benefit to the local economy through job creation, and through tax revenue that will continue throughout the life of the projects.
We’re pleased, then, to be in the early development stage for a future area wind farm, the Upstream Wind Energy Project, in the Neligh area. It is proposed as a 200+ MW facility featuring approximately 100 turbines, to be located in Antelope and Pierce Counties north of Highway 275. No state or local permits have been submitted for the project, as it is in the early development phase. Currently, we’re meeting with interested and participating landowners as we determine turbine layout and siting.
We look forward to providing the community with further project updates in the future, and to investing in the area’s economic future and creating a new, homegrown source of clean energy in Nebraska.”
Invenergy’s first wind farm located in Antelope County was completed in May of 2014 with power being purchased by Omaha Public Power District.