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Everpower doesn’t have a purchase agreement for the energy it will generate at its Hardin-Logan County wind farm and there is no guarantee federal renewable energy incentives will be available. Yet Everpower is moving forward, a company official told Hardin County Commissioners on Tuesday.
Jason Dagger, of Everpower, said the developer is hoping to begin construction on the farm next year with its proposal expected to be approved by the Ohio Siting Board in 2013.
The farm is expected to be located mainly in McDonald Township, where about 55 units are planned to be installed. Turbines are also expected to be placed in Roundhead Township and Logan County’s Richland Township. In all, said Dagger, the farm would have about 80 units.
The turbines, he continued, could be the larger, three megawatt units.
“We feel very confident the (Ohio Siting) board will grant us a permit at their March meeting,” Dagger said.
It would be nice, he said, to have the assurance of federal backing, but the company has financial backing which will allow it to continue without that funding. There is also no purchase power agreement for the planned farm, said Dagger.
“Some depend on that,” he said, “but we may build and then seek a purchase power agreement.”
Other companies don’t have the financial backing of Everpower, said Dagger, and are getting out of the wind energy business. His company is taking advantage of that situation by purchasing land leases and buying turbines at lower costs.
“This is a good situation for us to be in,” said Dagger.
By DAN ROBINSON
Times staff writer