Swift Current Energy officially announced that it is developing the 175 to 200-MW HillTopper Wind Energy Project in Logan County, Illinois. Swift Current acquired the rights to HillTopper from Relight Enterprises in late 2016, and plans to bring the project online in late 2018.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to develop the HillTopper Wind Project and look forward to bringing clean, locally-made energy to Illinois and the Midwest,” said Tony Lent, Swift Current’s Chief Executive Officer.
He added: “We are so grateful to the people of Logan County and Mt. Pulaski who have welcomed us into their community as we work to bring this exciting project online. We look forward to continuing to work with residents and local officials as we finalize the design and layout of the wind farm.”
Formerly known as the Meridien wind project, Swift Current recently changed the name to the HillTopper Wind Project to more closely associate the Project with its surrounding community.
“As folks in Logan County know well, the city of Mt. Pulaski sits on a hill surrounded by some of the most fertile farmland in the region. We wanted to recognize the community and the five towns that send students to Mt. Pulaski High School by renaming the project after its high school mascot, the HillToppers,” said William Kelsey, Executive at Swift Current. Kelsey helped Relight permit the project with Logan County and has joined the Swift Current team.
According to Swift Current, construction of the HillTopper project is set to bring well-paying jobs and investment to Logan County. The commitments Relight made during the permitting process will provide payments in aggregate of $560,000 per year to Unit School District 23, Mount Pulaski Zion Lutheran School, Heartland Community College, Lincoln Land Community College, and to community benefit funds in each of the Broadwell, Elkhart — as well as Mt. Pulaski townships for the coming decades.
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