[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Lee County’s Shady Oaks wind farm looks to expand footprint 

Credit:  By Rachel Rodgers | June 8, 2020 | www.saukvalley.com ~~

DIXON – A Lee County wind farm is looking to expand its footprint by up to 28 turbines.

The 109.5-megawatt Shady Oaks Wind Farm near Compton went online in 2012 with 71 turbines. County zoning hearings began this week to add 25 to 28 new wind turbines in Wyoming and Brooklyn townships.

Last year, Shady Oaks 2 LLC lined up more than 20 lease agreements and wind easements with landowners in the southeastern area of the county.

The company has about 4,300 acres leased, and turbines will be on about 43 acres, project manager Lauren McLeod said. The project would generate up to 118 megawatts, and the turbines would vary from 449 to 590 feet tall from the base to the tip.

The first year of real estate taxes for the project is estimated at about $1.37 million, said Sean Fairfield, senior director of energy projects.

Construction would begin around May 2021 and go online as early as October 2021, McLeod said, adding that they don’t anticipate any delays from the coronavirus pandemic.

Hearings are scheduled to continue at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and into next week if needed. The Lee County Zoning Board will gather testimony and then make a list of facts and findings before giving a recommendation to the County Board, which will have the final vote on whether to grant Shady Oaks with a special use permit for the project.

Meetings are streamed on the Lee County Illinois channel on YouTube and those who want to participate can do so via Zoom. Go to leecountyil.com for more information.

Shady Oaks is part of Oakville, Ontario-based Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.’s Liberty Power Group, which includes about 1.7 gigawatts of hydroelectric, wind, solar, and thermal power systems.

In 2013, Algonquin bought Shady Oaks from Goldwind International for $148.9 million. Goldwind acquired the wind farm in 2011 from developer Ireland-based Mainstream Renewable Power.

Source:  By Rachel Rodgers | June 8, 2020 | www.saukvalley.com

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Contributions
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky