An informational meeting for the proposed Timber Road IV Wind Farm project drew a full house to the Black Swamp Nature Center on April 4. Many of those attending compared tentative wind turbine sites to their homes and properties. Melinda Krick/Paulding County Progress

By MELINDA KRICK

Progress Editor


PAULDING – Area residents got a chance to learn more about a proposed new wind farm last week in Paulding.

If constructed, the wind farm would bring the total number of wind turbines here to over 200.

EDP Renewables North America LLC hosted a public informational meeting Wednesday, April 4 at the Black Swamp Nature Center.

EDP, which already has several operational wind-powered generation facilities in Paulding County and around the country, is hoping to build Timber Road Wind Farm IV in the western part of the county.

The company filed pre-application documents with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) on Jan. 12. One of the first steps of the application process is an informational meeting for the public.

“EDP Renewables is proposing an approximately 125 MW project,” said Erin Bowser, director of EDP Renewables’ Great Lakes Region. The number of wind turbines will be about 36, depending on the final model chosen.

The project also will include infrastructure such as access roads, an electrical collector and an operations and maintenance facility.

A map of proposed wind turbine sites shows structures in five townships – Harrison, Paulding, Benton, Blue Creek and Crane. These would be the first wind turbines in Paulding and Crane townships.

“We hope to submit the permit application within the next 90 days,” Bowser added.

“Currently, we’re proposing to start construction in 2019 with the goal to have it fully online by the end of 2019.”

At the informational meeting, representatives from EDP and the Ohio Power Siting Board were present to answer questions about the project schedule, design, construction, wind energy and the application process.

Most of those attending were interested in checking turbine sites in relation to their homes and properties.

The company is in negotiations to sell Timber Road IV’s power output. EDP has one wind farm with power going to Amazon Web Services while Northwest Ohio Wind’s project now under construction will be going entirely to General Motors.

Paulding County currently has a total of 140 wind turbines – the largest number in the state. The Northwest Ohio Wind project in the southern part of the county will add about 40 more. With the 36 projected for Timber Road IV, the county would have more than 200 turbines. Hardin County has a 200-turbine project under construction, a 30-turbine wind farm already operational, and another large project approved.

EDP completed Ohio’s first industrial-scale wind farm, Timber Road II, near Payne in 2011. Its 55 wind turbines can produce 99 MW.

EDP Renewables North America ranks third in the United States in terms of net installed capacity, has more than 2,300 turbines in operation and more than 40 million hours of wind turbine operational history. EDP Renewables North America operates wind farms in 12 states across the United States.

For more information, visit www.OPSB.ohio.gov or www.edprnorthamerica.com.