Iowa’s Primghar City Council unanimously approved creating 16.7 acres to relocate 19 wind turbine sites from their original permitted location.
The 500-MW Highland Wind Farm Project construction permit was recently amended by O'Brien County Board of Supervisors.
In a Febrary letter to the Board, MidAmerican Energy Wind Energy supervisor Adam Jablonski said the wind turbine locations require adjustments greater than 300 feet from their original permitted sites. He added that the relocations were needed for several reasons including utility setbacks with underground gas pipelines.
Jablonski said that two potential sites have been identified where a substation will connect the wind farm to the grid. The decision should be announced within the next few months.
The construction phase for the substation is slated for this summer, according to the Cherokee Chronicle Times.
The next phase will be to finish up foundation work and start erecting wind turbine components in the first half of 2015. The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2015.
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