LEIPSIC — A
proposed wind energy project near Leipsic that started in 2011 is back
on track according to Jim Johnson, project developer with Iberdrola
Johnson said they withdrew seeking permits for the
project in 2012 because of a problem with the interconnect with Pro-Tec
Industries. He said since then they have been working with Pro-Tec, AEP,
the Putnam County Community Improvement Corporation and Leipsic village
to determine a solution for this problem. A separate substation across
the road from the existing North Leipsic Substation has been determined
to be the solution for the problem.
Johnson said they are now
meeting with the Putnam County Commissioners, Putnam County Engineer and
doing the required environmental studies needed for the project. He
said they don’t have a timeline yet for the project.
already has easement agreements with 200 landowners in this area.
Johnson said this will mean Iberdrola will provide an estimated one
million dollars in annual direct revenue for these landowners for the
use of their property. He indicated that although it initially takes
5-6.5 acres per wind turbine for construction, the land is put back in
it’s original condition and only a small part where the wind turbine is
located, reduces land used by the landowner.
“Our goal is to bring as much land as possible back to full production,” Johnson said.
there were 75 turbines, each producing 2.0 MW, planned for the area.
Because of more recent improvements in the efficiency of wind turbines
Iberdrola now plans only 45 wind turbines that will each produce 3.3
megawatts for a total project capacity of 150 megawatts.
working with the engineer’s office to determine the best roads to use
for the installation of the wind turbines,” Johnson said. “Sometimes we
have to go in and upgrade the roads.” He said after construction of this
type of project Iberdrola also pays to bring the roads back to their
Iberdrola officials plan to meet with the Putnam
County Commissioners again on April 17 to discuss their policies,
existing energy zone and ordinances.
“Policies are what attracts
investments,” Johnson said. Johnson said the wind turbines will be
beneficial to the local school district and other government entities.
In Van Wert County, Iberdrola Renewables is the largest single taxpayer
in the county. This total is divided among all the taxing bodies where
the wind turbines are located. Crestview Schools receive about $850,000
per year in new revenue.
Initial figures from Iberdrola Renewables indicated their would be over $1.3 million in annual payments to local taxing bodies.