KENTON — German energy company Innogy SE broke ground Wednesday on the Scioto Ridge wind farm in Hardin and Logan counties, which will see the installation of 75 wind turbines capable of powering the equivalent of 60,000 homes by the end of 2020.
The $300 million project is more than 10 years in the making and is Innogy’s first onshore U.S. wind farm, covering 30 square miles of land in the two counties.
Project manager Jason Dagger said the company plans to be online by Dec. 31, 2020.
Preliminary construction started in December 2018 and will continue into the first quarter of 2020, when turbine installation is expected to commence.
Innogy will lease the land from 100-plus landowners for the next 25 years.
The project is expected to generate $2 million in tax revenue annually and create 8-10 full-time jobs, along with construction-related jobs, according to company projections.
The majority of the turbines will be located in Hardin County, with eight turbines planned for Logan County.
The Germany renewable energy company took over the Scioto Ridge project in 2018 when it acquired Everpower Wind Holdings, which had at one point secured a contract to power Amazon data centers that is no longer in effect.
Dagger said Innogy plans to sell power on the wholesale market once things are up and running. The project has a planned 25 megawatt capacity, which company materials suggest is enough electricity to power the equivalent of 60,000 homes annually.
The project has hit several obstacles since work started in 2008, but Hardin County Commissioner Roger Cowe said he’s happy to finally see construction underway at the wind farm.
“I’m a supporter of alternative energy,” Cowe said, “and Hardin County seems to be a hot bed for that with three wind farms and a solar farm all in some phase, either in completion or (permitting/construction).”
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