Wind energy thoughts aired

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Representatives of Invenergy presented information and answered questions about proposed area wind farms at a meeting in Woodhull on Jan. 11, with over 40 Woodhull residents and farmers attending.

Wind turbines scheduled to be constructed in the Bishop Hill Project will be located one-half mile from Woodhull village limits.

According to Gina Wolfe, project development manager for Invenergy, based out of the Galva office, said her company has 43,000 acres signed up in Henry County for its 266 turbines scheduled for the project.

“Starting this fall, the project will be done in two phases, beginning with the foundations, and establishing access roads,” Wolfe explained.

Area farmer Dennis Colburn asked about the effect of heavy equipment on the rural roads.

“We figure out the best way to come in,” construction manager Adam Hartman said. “We like to do a lot of that in the winter, and we’ll take a look at that situation in the next three or four months. We try to establish a centralized route to minimize turns. And any (roads) we tear up, we repair.”

For the rest of this story, see the Jan. 21 Galva News.