APEX Clean Energy is in talks with landowners in Saline and Fillmore counties for its first wind farm project in Nebraska.
The company is in negotiations with the Saline County Wind Association (SCWA), which is a group of property owners.
Dave Vavra, SCWA chairman, says they want to present a united front and have a common contract.
“And have the same thing to offer to everybody. That speeds up the process for them (APEX) and they don’t have to say, ‘We’ll do this or that or the other,’” Vavra tells Nebraska Radio Network. “It’s still left up to the individual as to whether or not they want to sign a contract.”
Vavra says two upcoming meetings on the proposed wind farm will cover what contracts may look like and areas of liabilities for landowners.
“We’re not for or against wind,” he says. “We’re interested in protecting the landowner, because some of these leases that we’ve seen would be a $1,000 one-time payment for 99 years.”
The APEX project is expected to be a 300-megawatt wind energy facility.
SCWA will hold two landowner informational meetings in Ohiowa, at 1 p.m. in the Ohiowa Auditorium on Saturday, Aug. 13, and in Tobias at 7 p.m. in the Tobias Fire Hall on Sunday, Aug. 14.