Northeast Nebraska may soon see another mega-farm, but this one would sprout more wind turbines. Patrick Dalseth, project coordinator for Midwest Wind Energy, has held some meetings with landowners in Cedar and Knox Counties.
He says the ridge line runs from the Bloomfield area southeast to the Randolph area and that’s where they’re focusing, with an elevation of 18-hundred feet, or higher. Dalseth says they would need between 60 and 100-thousand acres of land for the turbines.
The project could range between 400 and 800 wind turbines to produce a thousand megawatts. He says the total project cost is around one-billion dollars, with a local investment of 150-million.
Dalseth says they don’t have any agreements for the power just yet. If they can get enough landowners interested, it may be possible to have the region declared a Renewable Energy Zone under legislation that’s still working its way through the U.S. Senate.
Dalseth says they are in the process of signing up the necessary land agreements for the wind project. It would be adjacent to the operating Elkhorn Ridge wind farm between Bloomfield and Crofton.
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton