Adams County adopts more restrictive wind farm ordinance

Oct 15, 2013

The new Thunder Spirit wind farm to be built in Adams County will have the most restrictive rules on turbine locations.

The Public Service Commission requires that a turbine be placed no closer than 1400-feet from a residence. But Adams County is requiring that the distance be 2640 feet.

"This is, by far, the most restrictive the Commission has ever been involved in," said Commission Chairman Brian Kalk. "Going forward, I don not view the 2640 as a new standard. It's what the county wanted, and we complied with that."

Kalk says he's comfortable with the 1400 foot requirement. But he's also comfortable with a county setting its own perameters.

Construction on that new 150 megawatt wind farm will begin later this fall – or early next spring.