BAD AXE – The Huron County Planning Commission heard progress updates from three different wind farms in the county at this week’s meeting.
A representative from the Apple Blossom Wind project told planners the access roads and foundations are in, and the entire project is about 75 percent complete. All turbine components are expected to be delivered by late August/early September, and within two weeks after that, they will begin assembling the components at a rate of at least four or five turbines per week.
The representative told the commission the company’s commercial operation date for the wind farm is set for October.
At the Deerfield Wind Energy project, a representative explained that sound testing is scheduled to begin Aug. 7. There are currently four participants and four non-participants in the study.
The representative also stated that Dale Hass, who filed a noise complaint against Deerfield Wind Energy earlier this year, has yet to sign off on testing at his property.
While no one from Big Turtle Wind Farm was present at Wednesday’s meeting, a representative did speak with Jeff Smith, county building and zoning director. Smith reported that they have completed testing for the Phase 2 project, and are getting close on compiling all the information.
Their goal is to present their findings at the September planning commission meeting.
These wind farms were approved prior to the moratorium on wind development adopted by the Huron County Board of Commissioners early this year.
In other business, the commission heard from emergency services director Randy Miller. Miller explained that in the wake of President Donald Trump’s disaster area declaration in Bay, Gladwin, Isabella and Midland counties due to flooding back in June, Huron County could potentially get its hands on some federal funds.
“That actually effects us along the hazardous mitigation plan, because it opens up funding for the entire state for the plan,” Miller said. “So there’s potential for us to actually get some money from the feds to help with our plan.”
Miller said they will be setting up a conference call with Spicer Group next week to explore those possibilities and will have more answers at a later date.
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