Hardin Wind Energy LLC, an affiliate of Invenergy Wind Development LLC, applied March 24 at the Ohio Power Siting Board for approval of a third amendment for a 300-MW wind project so it can add a new General Electric turbine to the approved project.
The company is certified to construct the Hardin Wind Farm in Hardin County, Ohio. The sole purpose of this third amendment is to make changes to one or more turbines that have been approved under the existing certificate, but have not yet been installed;
- This amendment does not increase the number of turbines to be installed as set forth in the certificate.
- The turbine to be installed is more efficient and more technologically advanced than the type approved in the certificate;
- The turbine proposed to be installed is not more than 8% taller as measured from its base to the tip of the highest blade, than the turbines approved in the first amendment.
- The applicant is obligated by contract to provide wind energy to at least one mercantile customer that consumes 7,000,000 kW hours.
- The turbines will be installed on the same turbine locations as were approved under the certificate.
The original application for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need was filed in 2009. The board approved it in 2010.
“Since filing of the First Amendment application, General Electric (GE) has introduced new turbine models that are more efficient and cost effective than the turbines approved in the First Amendment,” said the March 24 application. “The Applicant proposes to build the project using a GE turbine, Model 2.3-116; however, the approved turbine site locations will not change. Through this Amendment, the Applicant is proposing to amend the Certificate to change to the General Electric turbine listed in Table 03-02. With the new turbine model proposed, the total capacity of the Hardin Wind Farm will not exceed the 300 MW permitted under the Certificate.”
Wind farm construction is scheduled to begin in the Fourth Quarter of 2016. Construction of the interconnection facilities is also scheduled to begin in the Fourth Quarter of 2016.