6011 Greenwich wants to add new turbine models at 60-MW Ohio wind project

6011 Greenwich Windpark LLC on Nov. 16 applied with the Ohio Power Siting Board to amend a prior board approval for its 60-MW project so that it can add new wind turbine models.

It wants to add Gamesa, General Electric, and Goldwind turbines. Since the preparation and filing of its original site permit application in 2013, turbine technology has advanced for use in low wind speed areas. The three proposed turbines all provide an increase in energy production for the project utilizing the approved physical locations represented in the application. With the increase in energy production, one turbine location will be removed in order to achieve the permitted 60 MW production.

The certificated project included use of the Nordex N117 model, with a hub height of 91 meters (298 feet) and a rotor diameter of 117 meters (383 feet). The Gamesa G114 model will have a hub height of 93 meters (305 feet) and a rotor diameter of 114 meters (373 feet). The GE 2.5-120 model will have a hub height of 85 meters (279 feet) and a rotor diameter of 120 meters (394 feet). The Goldwind GW121 model will have a hub height of 90 meters (295 feet) and a rotor diameter of 121 meters (396 feet).

Using the same modeling criteria as the application, an updated noise assessment for the Gamesa G114, GE 2.5-120, and Goldwind GW121 turbines was completed. Model input results indicate that all proposed turbine models will remain below the nighttime 46 dBA + 5 dBA requirements as set forth in the board-issued certificate.

6011 Greenwich Windpark is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Windlab Developments USA Ltd. and is certified to construct the Greenwich Wind Farm in Huron County, Ohio. The board approved the project in August 2014.

Final designs and detailed construction drawings are anticipated to be completed in the first quarter of 2016 to be provided prior to the pre-construction conference with the board staff. Construction is anticipated to begin in late-second quarter of 2016 and run through the end of 2016. The facility is anticipated to be placed in service by the end of 2016 after operational testing is complete, said the Nov. 16 application.

A project contact is: Monica Jensen, Windlab Developments USA Ltd., 927 Wing Street, Plymouth, MI 48170, Telephone: (734) 335-6219, monica.jensen@windlab.com.

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