Idaho wind farm project approved by county
Ridgeline Energy announced that the Bingham County Planning
and Zoning Commission, Idaho, approved a special use permit for the Goshen
South wind farm. The permit gives Ridgeline approval to build 150 wind
turbines on leased land in Bingham County, Idaho. The wind farm will
have the capability to generate up to 450 megawatts of electricity. One
megawatt is enough electricity to meet the needs of about 650 homes.
Ridgeline Energy vice president Rich Rayhill said, “The Goshen South
project will more than double Idaho’s wind energy production. It will
help to diversify the region’s energy supply and continues southeastern
Idaho’s tradition of clean energy generation.”
The wind farm will use only about 200 of the 20,212 acres in the project
area, thereby helping to preserve existing uses of the land. The project
will rely primarily on improving existing public and farm roads to meet
the wind farm’s needs for road access.
Construction of the wind farm could begin in 2009 and will provide a
substantial stimulus to the local economy in the form of construction
jobs and local expenditures for goods and services needed in construction.
When completed, the project will provide a large and steady source of
tax revenue for Bingham County, primarily through the local property
tax. Tax revenues to the County could total from $24 million to more
than $100 million over a 30 year operating period, depending on factors
such as electricity prices and total generating capacity.