Geronimo Energy has received approval from the North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) for the 200.5MW Courtenay wind farm project, located west of Wimbledon in north-eastern Stutsman County.
The commission has approved the project after the developer agreed to reduce nine turbines from the original proposal of up to 136 turbines.
Earlier in July 2013, Courtenay residents Robert and Julie Sprague, who have an aerial spraying business, which is based on a private airplane landing strip, raised concerns that the nine turbines and a met tower within two miles of the runway would affect the safety.
Spanning across more than 25,000 acres of leased land from more than 60 landowners, the project will now feature around 125 wind turbines and generate enough electricity to power around 60,000 homes annually.
To be built with a total investment of nearly $350m, the project will sell its output to Northern States Power, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy, under a power purchase agreement signed by the companies in July 2013.
The project will create around 200 construction jobs and up to 12 permanent jobs for its operations and maintenance as well as provide nearly $850,000 in annual tax revenue to the county.
The company expects to begin construction of the project by the end of 2013 in order to qualify for the federal production tax credits and commission in 2014.
The developer conceptualised the plan in mid-2008 and has since worked with landowners, businesses, contractors, legislators and other county members to make the project a reality.