Public hearing about wind farm tonight in Kenton
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 1:35 AM
HARDIN COUNTY - The skyline of Hardin and Logan Counites could look very different in 2015 if a plan to bring energy producing wind turbines to the area pans out. Hardin Wind, LLC, a subsidiary of EverPower Wind Holdings, Inc., is developing a plan for approximately 180 turbines to be spread across southern Hardin County and northern Logan County. EverPower Wind Holdings was also behind the previously proposed Hardin Wind Farm plan.The Scioto Ridge Wind Farm, spread across 17,000 acres between SR 117 and SR 68, south of SR 67, would be the largest of its kind undertaken by EverPower. Electricity from the project could provide approximately 75,000 homes with power annually. The land used for project has been acquired through leases from private landowners.
This map found on the EverPower website, shows the location of the 176 wind turbines planned for the Scioto Ridge Wind Farm.
The company claims only 180 acres will be taken out of agricultural production for the farm. Other aspects of the project include 60.5 miles of new and existing access roads, an 83.6 mile underground collection line system and a new 6.3 mile 345 kilovolt overhead transmission line. The transmission line would deliver electricity created by the turbines to a new point of connection with AEP's East Lima-Marysville line in southwestern Hardin County.
Of course the project is not without opponents. A group of residents of both Hardin and Logan counties has organized a website, fightthewind.com, to plead their case agains the project.
For those interested in learning more about the Scioto Ridge Wind Farm project, a public hearing will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m., in Veterans Hall at the Hardin County Courthouse. Additional information can be found at OPSB.ohio.gov.