Proposal for Illinois wind farm approved by officials

Monday, July 18, 2011 @ 09:07 AM
posted by rene5432

A proposed wind farm in Vermilion County, Illinois, recently received approval to begin construction from the County Board by a vote of 21-1, the Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette reports.

The approval, which was granted despite objections from some local citizens, reportedly paves the way for Chicago-based Invenergy to build 104 wind turbines in the western part of the county.

While a number of residents spoke out against the creation of the new wind farm due to potential safety concerns for wildlife and noise pollution, Urbana resident Kirstin Replogle told the board that in addition to the shift towards renewable energy, the project will also lead to the creation of new jobs and increased revenue for the local community, according to the news source.

With the permit to build the wind farm having been approved by the county board, Invenergy business development manager Greg Leuchtman told the Danville Commercial News that construction could get underway later this year, with operations potentially beginning by the end of 2012.

In addition to the 104 turbines expected to be installed in Vermilion County, the project also calls for 30 turbines to be constructed in Champaign County, the news provider reported.

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