EverPower Wind Holdings’ proposed Scioto Ridge Wind Farm got formal approval from the Ohio Power Siting Board during a Monday hearing in Columbus.
The order passed by the siting board contains 28 conditions that include requiring the company to put in place a procedure neighbors of the development can follow to issue complaints about noise or shadow flicker. The conditions also address wildlife concerns and possible archaeological and architectural sites that may be uncovered when construction starts.
As part of its ruling, the siting board said it does not have jurisdiction over many issues — such as tax incentives or a public vote on the development — that opponents of the project raised during a January public hearing.
“We find that, based on the evidence of record, these projects will generate clean renewable electric energy, increase tax revenue for schools and local governments, create construction and manufacturing jobs, and assist economic development efforts in the counties,” the order reads. “We also find that there is minimal risk to human life and safety as a result of blade shear or turbine fires. We note that there was insufficient evidence that the projects would negatively impact wildlife or impact property values.”
EverPower spokesman Jason Dagger called the decision a “solid step forward” for the project.
“The siting process is very long, comprehensive and thorough,” he said. “We have done a great deal of work to get to this point. We feel some of the concerns of trustees and the general public have already been addressed and are part of the application and these conditions.”
For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Bellefontaine Examiner