County approves met tower
By April Baumgarten
Mercer County commissioners had questions about how a wind energy company would get its turbines to a construction site near Golden Valley.
Infinity Wind Power of Santa Barbara, Calif., applied for a permit to put a meteorological tower northwest of Beulah to get wind readings. The commission approved the permit unanimously Nov. 20 during a meeting in Stanton.
The company plans to build two wind farms in the area. Sunflower Wind Project is expected to produce 106 megawatts near Hebron. The Antelope Hills Wind Project, planned for Golden Valley, should generate 172 megawatts. The company expects to start applying for permits through the Public Service Commission next year, according to the company. The Sunflower Wind Project also must be approved through a federal agency.
Infinity has also partnered with Basin Electric Power Cooperative with a purchase agreement. The Bismarck-based electricity provider plans to buy all the energy the wind farms produce.
But county commissioners, including Wayne Entze, had several questions about the project.