Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Pasquotank County planning board to consider wind farm
From the Virginian-Pilot:
May 7, 2011
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C.
The Pasquotank County Planning Council will meet next week to consider a permit application for a large-scale wind farm.
The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reports the council will meet Wednesday to discuss an application from companies involved in the Desert Wind Energy Project. The project was approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission on Tuesday.
About 80 of the project's 150 wind turbines would go in Pasquotank. The rest of the 475-foot turbines would be in neighboring Perquimans County.
Most of the 20,000 acres in the project would remain farmland. The project is expected to generate up to 300 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 70,000 homes a year.
Local officials estimate construction of the facilities could create 300 temporary jobs and pay about $1 million a year to local landowners. The company building and operating the turbines, Iberdrola Renewables, said it expects to employ about two dozen people to manage the wind farm once it is built.