- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A company wants to build a wind farm with 54 turbines in southern Lancaster and northern Gage counties.

Volkswind USA Inc. would like to build the farm on 7,000 acres of land in Lancaster County and 4,000 acres of land in Gage County. The company is a member of the Volkswind Group, which has built more than 60 wind farms, including in Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Poland, the Lincoln Journal Star reported (https://bit.ly/1sLFNPF ).

More than 50 landowners have already signed leases, according to documents from the Lincoln/Lancaster County Planning Department.

Volkswind USA wants to start construction later this year, but it has to get special use permits for the turbines from the two counties first. The project could start generating electricity next year.

The company said the turbines would generate a total of 124 megawatts of electricity, which could power about 31,000 homes for a year. Forty-two of the turbines would be in Lancaster County.

President Jeffrey Wagner said Volkswind USA doesn’t have a customer yet to buy electricity but is submitting a proposal to Lincoln Electric System, which is looking to add up to 100 megawatts of wind energy. The company is proposing to build either a 100-megawatt or 124-megawatt project.

The 100-megawatt project would require about a $150 million capital investment. The other would need about $190 million.

Wagner said the proposed project would be a boost to the area’s economy, providing more than 200 jobs during construction and other full-time jobs once the project is operational. He said the company has conducted two years of wildlife survey work and plans to address any environmental or noise concerns.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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