Go Ahead for Wisconsin Wind Farm

April 13, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] A Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by opponents of a proposed wind farm in the state, clearing the way for the project to move forward, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Neighbors of the proposed 79-MW “Green Field wind farm” being developed by Navitas Energy brought a lawsuit against the Marshfield Town Board to halt construction of the project, citing concerns about noise, safety, and a decline in property value. Fond du Lac County Circuit Court Judge Peter Grimm cleared the way for the project to move forward, saying: “The decision of the town board is theirs to make.” The Town of Marshfield and Navitas entered into an agreement in November, 2003, to construct the wind farm. The project will use 44 1.8-MW Gamesa G80 wind turbines. The developers had planned to complete the project in 2004, but construction is contingent on the extension of the wind energy production tax credit. The project is one of two similar-sized projects We Energies awarded to Navitas subsequent to a solicitation for 200 MW of wind power issued in December, 2002.

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