Wind farm discussion continues as opposition makes waves

COREY JUHL and the Sanborn County Commissioners and Zoning Board listen as founder of Juhl Energy, Dan Juhl speaks.

COREY JUHL and the Sanborn County Commissioners and Zoning Board listen as founder of Juhl Energy, Dan Juhl speaks.

A proposed, nine-tower, $10 million wind farm in southern Sanborn County is currently under discussion with commissioners and the zoning board, but is finding some opposition from neighbors.
Father and son, Dan and Corey Juhl of Juhl Energy, Inc. met last Tuesday with members of the Sanborn County Commission, County Zoning Board and a number of local residents to discuss the renewable energy project.
Eight of the nine towers would be located on land owned by Harvey and Karen Fouberg two miles south of Letcher. The ninth tower would be on adjacent piece to the east, on Delbert and Kathleen Northrup Trust land.
The GE towers are estimated to cost between $1.1 and $1.2 million each, would stand 477 feet tall and generate a total 20 megawatts of energy. As a general estimate, one-megawatt of power can run between 250-300 households, so the proposed farm could power 5,000-6,000 homes annually.
Juhl Energy is not looking for investors for the project and is asking for no local money. Corey Juhl says the project itself, which would be set up as an LLC, “stands on its own.”

…To find out more, read this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

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