Ohio Clean Power boosted by 200 MW wind farm

The Ohio Power Siting Board (US), the state utility regulatory agency, has given the green light to start building the Black Fork Wind Farm, a 200 MW facility that will be capable of generating enough clean electricity to power 10,000 homes.

The approval clears the way for Black Fork Wind Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of Element Power, to begin erecting 91 wind turbines on a sprawling 14800-acre tract along Crawford and Richland County lines. Construction is slated to start in March and the facility is expected to be up and running by the end of the year.

Ohio's ambitious mandates (requiring utilities to get 25% of their power from renewable and "advanced technology sources" by 2025) and ample public incentives have spurred a significant increase in solar manufacturing and wind-producing operations.

Statewide, wind power plants currently contribute a total of 1251 MW of electricity to the grid.

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