Ohio board okays turbine change for Hardin Wind project

The Ohio Power Siting Board on Oct. 25 granted an application filed by Hardin Wind LLC to use the 2.2-MW version of the Vestas V110 wind turbine model at its wind farm in Hardin and Logan counties, Ohio.

In March 2014, the board granted applications filed by Hardin Windfor certificates to construct a wind facility, a substation, and a transmission line in Hardin and Logan counties. This is called the Scioto Ridge Wind Farm. The company later added two new turbine models to the list of possible models to be used.

On April 8, 2016, Hardin Wind filed an application proposing a capacity increase from 2 MW to 2.5 MW for a previously certificated turbine model. On May 19, the board approved the application. Then on Aug. 16, Hardin Wind filed an application for an additional change to the certificate so it can use the 2.2 MW version of the Vestas V110 wind turbine.

Hardin Wind explained that the manufacturer has made technological improvements to the turbine model, allowing the capacity increase from 2 MW to 2.2 MW. Hardin Wind further stated that the turbine model’s dimensions, including rotor diameter and hub height, remain the same.

Hardin Wind, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EverPower Wind Holdings Inc., hoids a certificate to construct a wind facility (the Scioto Ridge Wind Farm) consisting of up to 105 wind turbines, along with access roads, electrical Interconnect, construction staging areas, operations and maintenance facilities, and a collection substation to be located in Lynn, McDonaid, Roundhead, and Taylor Creek townships (Hardin County) and Richland and Rushcreek townships (Logan County).

The project was originally approved for up to 172 turbine sites with the final number of installed turbines dependent on the megawatt capacity of the final turbine model selected for the project. Since the original approval, the applicant has provided notice to the board it is dropping 67 turbine sites, leaving only 105 approved turbine sites for this project.

Of the currently approved turbines, the Vestas V117 has the highest nameplate capacity at 3.3 MW and if selected would result in a 91-turbine project. The turbines with the lowest nameplate capacity are the General Electric 100 and GE 103 at 1.7 MW and if selected would result in a 105-turbine project.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.