“We’re planning on building 44 wind turbines,” says Paul Dockery, project manager for the proposed Steele Flats Wind Project. “They will be GE 1.7 megawatt wind turbines. Thirty-two of them will be in Jefferson County and 12 in Gage.”
The turbines, which will stand 426 feet tall, would be linked by underground cable and connected to Nebraska Public Power District’s Steele City substation. New Era would employ five full-time staff members with the project.
“The staff are technicians for operating the facility after it’s constructed,” Dockery says. “That includes a plant manager position and wind technician positions. The wind technicians are responsible for troubleshooting, maintaining and operating the turbines.”
If leaders in both Gage and Jefferson counties approve the project, the plan is to start construction in July, with completion by the end of the year. The wind farm would be located between the towns of Steele City and Odell, just north of the border with Kansas.
An informational open house on the project is planned for March 5th at the Diller Opera House from 5:30 to 7:30 p-m.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice