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Apex plans sweet start to 2017

Construction to kick off at 175MW Sugar Creek early next year

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US developer Apex Clean Energy expects to start construction in early 2017 on the 175MW Sugar Creek wind project in Illinois after it passed a final permitting hurdle.

The Logan County board this week approved amendments to the conditional use permit that authorizes construction of 77 turbines, 40 less than originally planned.

The developer has yet to name a turbine supplier, Apex spokesman Dan Blondeau told reNEWS

“We’re finalizing the engineering plans, which includes selection of which turbine model to be used,” said Blondeau.

Apex expects the $300m project will create some 200 construction jobs. Sugar Creek will pay about $50m in property taxes and $25m in landowner payments over the life of the project and $1.6m a year to local schools.

Virginia-based Apex bought the Sugar Creek project earlier this year from American Wind Energy Management.

Commercial operations are slated to start in late 2017.

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