Marion county reviews plans for wind turbine project

Marion County commissioners could soon be looking at wind turbines going up in the northern third of the county when Tradewind Energy starts building.

Known as the Diamond Vista Wind Project, multiple landowners are invited to a public hearing to consider a conditional-use permit hearing set for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Marion Community Center ballroom, 203 N. Third St.

The number of wind turbines is estimated to be 150, according to the commission, which said the public meeting is the first step in the process.

Commission chairman Randy Dallke said: “We haven’t had any wind farms yet, and this will be more of a workload.”

Commissioner Kent Becker said the county would be remiss in not getting a third-party engineer.

Tanner Yost, project manager with Kirkham Michael at Ellsworth, said he wanted to talk about a service proposal regarding wind turbines.

(Read more: Hillsboro Free Press)