Proposed western Ohio wind farm wins state approval

Wind Power

Wind Power

The state approved a large-scale wind-turbine project yesterday in two counties northwest of Columbus. The project is to include 176 turbines.

EverPower Wind Holdings has proposed building the Scioto Ridge Wind Farm in southern Hardin County and northern Logan County. The Ohio Power Siting Board, which regulates wind-energy projects, approved the company’s plans at its meeting yesterday morning.

EverPower has already secured leases with landowners who have agreed to allow turbines on their properties across the 17,000-acre project area, said Jason Dagger, a development manager with EverPower, which has an office in downtown Bellefontaine in Logan County.

He said he hopes construction can get underway next year.

The turbines, each one nearly as tall as the 555-foot-high LeVeque Tower in Downtown Columbus, could together generate enough energy to power about 75,000 average-size homes.

But the Ohio Power Siting Board approval is only one hurdle the company must clear. It still must meet environmental criteria it spelled out in its application to the board. . . .