- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

HERTFORD, N.C. (AP) - Commissioners in Perquimans County are putting a four-month freeze on new wind farms after landing the largest wind project in the Southeast.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reports (https://bit.ly/1Lyyazf) some residents opposed a new proposal to build 100 to 150 turbines on 15,000 acres straddling Perquimans and Chowan counties.

Apex Clean Energy of Charlottesville proposes to spend $300 million on building 60-story-tall turbines on the flat, rural landscape. They would generate enough power for 65,000 homes a year.

A similar project about 10 miles away on the other side of the county is selling renewable energy to a division of Amazon.

Some Perquimans County residents want new wind farms to have a greater buffer requirement and money set aside to remove the towers in case the project fails.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com


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