Another hurdle has been crossed by the company planning to build a wind energy facility in northeast Potter County.
The Federal Aviation Administration recently signed off on the project, moving it a step close to reality. FAA consent was required because wind turbines will be nearly 660 feet high. For comparison, the Statue of Liberty measures 305 feet from the ground to the top of its torch.
Hector Township Supervisors have been cooperating with the developer, Eolian Renewable Energy LLC, for its Big Level Wind Project. Some 26 turbines are proposed on a 7,000-acre forested region in the Dodge Hollow/White Knoll area off Rt. 49. Eolian has struck a deal with the landowner, a John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company forestland investment subsidiary, to build the generating facility.
Electricity will be fed into the grid through a First Energy line.
Big Level Wind has a price tag of about $150 million. Sparsely populated Hector Township will receive an annual host agreement fee and annual payments based on the amount of electricity that is generated.