Construction workers, about 200 by one count, are working on the 99 MW wind farm Timber Road II. And just south of that in Ohio’s southwestern Paulding County sits Van Wert county where more wind turbines are beginning to pop up. Horizon Wind Energy is at work there on an initial stage. The original plan for Timber Road II has been divided into two projects. The portion under construction will consist of 55, 1.8-MW Vestas’ with 95-m rotors for a max possible output of 99 MW. Turbines to produce the remaining 50 MW are part of what is now being called Timber Road III.
“Construction on Timber Road II began December 2010 and will complete with operation start by mid-summer,” says Project Manager Erin Bowser. “A few turbines are up, and the guys are starting to hit their stride, so weather permitting, one or two more will finish every day.”
Timber Road I will come later in Paulding County’s Harrison Township. There, 30 turbines will generate up to 48.6 MW. Still in planning stages is Timber Road IV which will take in eastern Harrison Township, work south through Paulding and Blue Creek Township and across into Tully Township of Van Wert County. Another developer in the county, Iberdrola Renewables’, is working on the Blue Creek Wind Farm, which will put up 152 turbines to generate a peak of 304 MW.
If all goes as planned, Horizon Wind Energy will install about 200 turbines among the four phases of Timber Road Wind Farm. That makes 350 turbines between the two projects. Developer BP Wind Energy is exploring the possibility of a wind farm in southern Van Wert County.
The county has also hired an operations manager who will run the wind farm upon its completion. In addition, the Timber Road Wind Farm will also have technicians on site as well as personnel from Vestas.
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