71 wind turbines will soon be built in Williams County

 Photo courtesy: Enel Green Power
Photo courtesy: Enel Green Power (KFYR)
Published: Nov. 22, 2019 at 5:37 PM CST
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Just east of the Lindahl wind farm near Tioga, construction on the Aurora Project is underway.

Basin Electric Power Cooperative and The Gap clothing company will receive 299 megawatts of electricity, powering areas in North Dakota and surrounding states.

Enel Green Power is clearing access roads, and when spring arrives, they’ll team with up to 300 local construction workers to make sure the farm is fully operational by the end of 2020.

“We also expect important benefits to come from landowner payments. Over the next 25 years, we they will receive about $50 million, and the local property tax income will be $35 million," said Spencer Almen, Enel Green Power business development manager.

Some nearby residents have expressed their concerns. The Williams County Commissioners say they received 30 comments from the public, and five were against the project. One family said they were worried about the noise and traffic. Residents near the Lindahl wind farm said there are draw backs during construction. One man said he currently farms around 12 turbines, and doesn’t have issues.

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