BAD AXE – Officials issued building permits Monday to RES Americas, which plans to install 72 wind turbines in north and northeastern Huron County.
“Residents should see progress taking place after Labor Day,” Planning Chair Clark Brock said Wednesday of the Deerfield Wind project.
Forty-seven turbines are planned for Dwight, Bloomfield and Lincoln townships, while self-zoned Huron Township would get 25.
Once completed, the project will boost Huron’s total to 400 turbines – more than any county in the state and twice that of the next most, Gratiot County, which has 188 turbines.
Deerfield Wind was one of two projects exempted under the county’s wind energy moratorium, which is set to expire Nov. 1.
More than 24,000 acres in the project area were deemed suitable for wind development in 2011. About 220 landowners signed up to participate.
Plans call for 72 Vestas turbines that would contribute 150 megawatts, which the developer says is enough to power 50,000 to 60,000 homes. Cadillac-based Wolverine Power Cooperative is the power purchaser.
Turbines planned for the project reach 492 feet from ground to blade tip. None would be within three miles of the Lake Huron shoreline, according to the developer.
Brad Lila, development manager at the Colorado-headquartered RES Americas, told county officials earlier this year that every landowner within 2,100 feet of a turbine would receive payments, even those with or without turbines.
In March, as the developer worked to get a deposit control account, corporate guarantee and decommissioning plans in place, Lila said deconstruction costs would be about $108,000 per turbine after the 20- to 25-year turbine life expectancy.
The project is the second undertaken in the county RES Americas.
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