Relight mulls next step for 228MW
80-turbine Meridien wind farm rejected by local officials in Illinois
Development company Relight US is pondering its next steps after local officials rejected the 228MW Meridien wind project in central Illinois.
The Logan County board voted to decline a conditional use permit for an 80-turbine proposal, county zoning officer Will D’Andrea told reNEWS.
Relight proposed to install GE 2.85MW 103 turbines on 98.3-meter towers in a 16,300-acre project area. The $400m wind farm would produce an estimated 760m kWh/year.
The developer, a subsidiary of Italian energy outfit Relight, initially designed a 140-turbine plan but trimmed it in response to concerns about property values and health effects.
The proponent could appeal the decision in court or revise the project and submit a new application, said D’Andrea.
“We are examining all our options,” Relight spokesman Robert Paladino told reNEWS. The company is continuing “to have a dialogue with the Logan County board.”
Relight had planned to start construction this year and begin commercial operation in mid 2016.The Meridien scheme would be the Italian company’s first US wind farm.
Image: GE 2.85MW turbines in action (GE)