Alaska preliminarily approves state’s largest wind farm

Friday, July 22, 2011 @ 11:07 AM
posted by rene5432

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources recently offered preliminary approval to the Eva Creek wind farm hear the town of Healy, which would reportedly be the largest such farm in the entire state.

According to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, the approval is the the latest positive step for the proposed 24.6-megawatt wind farm, which is being worked on by Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA).

Brian Newton, the president of GVEA, said that barring any unforeseen complications over the next month, the state should give final approval to the project by late August or early September, adding that GVEA intends to officially launch the project in September 2012.

The wind farm project reportedly needed approval from the Department of Natural Resources because it entails a 43-acre lease for turbines on and around state land, according to the news source.

Across the country, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently in Maine to celebrate the approximately 325 megawatts of power currently being generated by the Rollins Mountain industrial wind site, according to the Bangor Daily News.

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