Ohio board staff backs latest change for 300-MW Hardin Wind project

The staff of the Ohio Power Siting Board filed an Oct. 7 report recommending board approval for the latest change requested by Hardin Wind LLC for the 300-MW Scioto Ridge Wind Farm project in Hardin and Logan counties, Ohio.

The board has already authorized Hardin Wind to construct, operate, and maintain a wind facility consisting of up to 105 wind turbines, with a maximum nameplate capacity of 300 MW. The turbine manufacturers and models approved for this project through that original certificate and subsequent amendments are: the REpower MM100 (2.05 MW) and M122 (3.0 MW); the Nordex N117 (2.4 MW); the Vestas V110 (2.0 MW) and V117 (3.3 MW); the Gamesa G97 (2.0 MW), G114 (2.0 MW) and G114 (2.5 MW); the General Electric GE100 (1.7 MW) and GE103 (1.7 MW); and the Suzlon S111 (2.1 MW).

In this current application, Hardin Wind proposes a capacity increase to the Vestas V110 turbine model from 2.0 MW to 2.2 MW. The turbine model capacity increase is the result of technological improvements to the turbine, including the gearbox. The Vestas V110 turbine’s dimensions, including rotor diameter and hub height, would remain the same. Furthermore, the applicant is not proposing to revise the location of any turbine or associated facility through this application. Additionally, the overall facility maximum nameplate capacity of 300 MW approved in the original certificate would remain the same.

Said the Oct. 7 report: “Staff finds, if the Applicant increased the capacity from 2.0 MW to 2.2 MW for the previously certificated Vestas V110 turbine model, the proposed changes would be minimal in nature, would not create additional adverse impacts for any property owner and would not pose any significant additional adverse environmental impacts as compared to the original project. Additionally, Staff determined the proposed change would not impact the Applicant’s ability to substantially comply with the conditions of the previously granted certificate, but rather the conditions of the Original Certificate are adequate to ensure that adverse environmental impacts would continue to be minimized for this project.”

Hardin Wind is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EverPower Wind Holdings Inc.

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