A new wind energy development is in the works just east of Seymour, federal records indicate.
In late October, plans for the construction of 38 new wind turbines in Baylor County were submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency’s website shows. The FAA still has not given the project its approval, which is required for plans to go forward.
The plans are being proposed by Infinity Renewables, an employee with the California wind energy developer told the Times Record News on Friday, and is tentatively being referred to as the “Seymour Hills” project. It appears to be a continuation of a 2009 development that was initially explored by Carter Wind Energy but dropped before the plan was realized.
That project was anticipated to produce 80 megawatts of power on about 8,000 acres.
Matt Carter, president of Carter Wind Energy, said his company is involved in the new project, adding that it has significantly increased in scale – when the project is completed, it could generate as much as 300 megawatts of electricity.
The plans come amid a flurry of recent wind energy development in North Texas. In Foard County, the FAA approved in November the placement of meteorological towers near Crowell, an important step in studying whether conditions there will be conducive to wind power development.
In Wilbarger County, wind turbines in the Harrold and Vernon school districts were scheduled to come online this fall. About 100 turbines went up at the Baylor/Knox County line in October 2015.
The most controversial of the projects is one near the town of Byers in Clay County, where Sheppard Air Force Base officials have said wind development could interfere with radar operations and flight training missions. Project leaders retorted by saying there’s no proof the proposed turbines will interfere with base operations.