6011 Greenwich Windpark LLC, a subsidiary of Windlab Developments USA Ltd., is planning to develop a new wind energy park in Huron County, Ohio.
The company on April 19 filed a request with the Ohio Power Siting Board for certain waivers of site data requirements, which the board pretty routinely approves in cases like this. With the waivers in hand, the company would then file a formal site permit application with the board, which is an adjunct of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
“The proposed wind farm will be spread across approximately 4,600 acres of leased land in Greenwich Township in Huron County,” said the April 19 filing. “The project itself will consist of approximately 25 turbines, each with a name-plate capacity of approximately 2.4 MW’s, producing up to 60 MW’s of electricity, as well as associated infrastructure (i.e. access roads, electrical collection system, construction staging area, operations and maintenance facilities and substations).”
6011 Greenwich Windpark said it plans to file its formal site permit application by approximately June 2013. Meeting this filing date is necessary to allow it to begin construction by Dec. 31, 2013, so that the project can commence commercial operation by no later than July 2014.
Wind resource is extremely limited in Ohio, the company noted. There are only a handful of project sites with the wind resource necessary to support a utility scale project. The convergence of sufficient wind resources, sufficient transmission capacity, compatible land uses and interested landowners willing to lease their land – all are needed for a viable wind energy project. “In order for Ohio utilities to meet the requirements for renewable energy mandated by the Ohio legislature, all viable Ohio wind sites must be considered as potential wind energy project sites,” the company added.