Windlab Developments USA seeks Ohio state approval for a 60MW wind project in Huron County.

The developer, a subsidiary of Australian outfit Windlab Systems, proposes to install up to 25 turbines at the Greenwich wind farm, located 65 miles southwest of Cleveland.

The Nordex N117 2.4MW turbine with a tip height of 149.5 meters is the most suitable turbine for the site, said Windlab in the site permit application.

A 60-meter meteorological mast was installed in June 2010 and two sodar units have been on site since May 2011. The project is expected to operate with an average annual gross capacity factor of 40% generating a total of approximately 210 GWh/year of electricity.

Windlab plans to interconnect the $114m scheme to the PJM-operated grid via an AEP-owned 69kV transmission line within the project area.

The developer has leased about 4,650 acres of private farm and agricultural land from 26 landowners. Residents adjacent to participating landowners also are able to be partial participants through a neighboring monetary agreement.

Windlab aims to start construction in mid-2015 and place Greenwich into service by the end of that year.

The Ohio Power Siting Board has deemed complete the Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need application. A public hearing will be scheduled in the coming weeks. Windlab anticipates the certificate will be issued in the third quarter of 2014.

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