Question: A while ago, there was a very tall antenna with guidelines and orange balls constructed on the northwest corner of West Beaver Hill Road and Whisky Run Lane. Have all of the required permits been obtained for whatever the project is for both building and communications?
Answer: Coos County issued permits for a private wind energy company called Invenergy to begin using the tower for research.
“The purpose is to monitor the wind for potential placement of big wind turbines,” said Coos County Forester Bob Laport.
He said that Invenergy will pay $2,500 per year to have the tower on county land.
The company will not know whether the area will be fit for wind energy for at least two years, said Invenergy spokesman Mike Baird.
“We typically get quarterly reports and analyze them as we get them,” he said.
Should Invenergy install a wind farm in Coos County, the energy likely would be sold to a local power company and consumed by the community, Baird said.
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