County officials discuss developments and benefits of Reading Wind Facility Monday Featured

Construction crews at work at Reading Wind Facility. Construction crews at work at Reading Wind Facility. Courtesy photo

With turbine components continuing to arrive for the Reading Wind Facility, Lyon County Officials joined KVOE's Talk of Emporia Monday to offer their thoughts on the project's progress to date.

The first turbine began arriving in sections on Saturday with the final components being delivered and unloaded Monday. Each turbine takes between 7 to 11 trucks to deliver, meaning some disruptions are to be expected to county roadways.

Assistant Lyon County Engineer Jim Brull tells KVOE News their office has been working closely with both Southern Power and RES Americas to coordinate these changes and make local residents aware of any pending closures or disruptions.

 

The county is also working with Kirkham Michael of Ellsworth, the company which has oversight over the county roads within the project area, to manage upkeep and maintenance of county roads throughout the project.

Lyon County Zoning and Flood Plain Manager Sam Seely tells KVOE News the project is already providing an increase in local revenue before a single turbine has even been erected. According to Seeley the permitting process has already generated around $54,000 alone.

He says another important revenue source is the hundreds of project workers who have been frequenting local establishments for the past several months.

 

Component deliveries for the 62 wind turbines will continue with a single turbine being delivered each day for a total of five turbines a week according to Southern Power. The delivery process may continue into February.

For more information click here. The full interview with Seeley, Brull and Lyon County Commissioner Scott Briggs is available on KVOE.com.

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