A proposed 80-megawatt, $125 million wind turbine project may be coming to Packer Township and Nesquehoning.
This week, Liberty Power, a subsidiary of Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. in Ontario, Canada, held an open house for area residents to learn about the Broad Mountain Wind Project that is proposed in Packer Township.
Officials did not make formal comment on the project but referred to a project outline.
According to documents provided by the company, the project by Broad Mountain Power LLC would include a total of 21 turbines – five 452-foot turbines and 16 656-foot turbines – on the Broad Mountain in the township. A transmission line would then travel down the Broad Mountain near the Panther Creek co-generation plant to connect with a PPL substation line on Route 54 in Nesquehoning.
Construction, if the project is approved, is expected to begin at the end of the year with an anticipated operational date by the end of 2020, the project outline states. A total of 100 to 120 jobs would be created.
According to visual outlines in the document, the turbines would not be visible in Nesquehoning, but would be visible in some portions of Packer Township.
A zoning hearing on Liberty Power’s application is in the process of being rescheduled.
A hearing had previously been scheduled for March, but due to a new application, that hearing had to be canceled.
A copy of the project documents are available at https://broadmountainwindproject.com.
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