Construction begins in the next several weeks on a large-scale wind farm spanning Elmore and three surrounding counties to provide the state additional renewable energy resources.
Led by the Exergy Development Group based in Montana, the $500 million Idaho Wind Project includes building nearly 150 turbines capable of generating up to 219 megawatts of power.
The project includes building 15 of these wind turbines in the Bell Rapids area near Hagerman roughly a mile within the Elmore County’s southeastern border, said company representative Patricia Pilz. A majority of the remaining turbines would remain in Twin Falls County.
During a public hearing Nov. 4, the Elmore County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the company’s conditional use permit. The commission also approved a height variance request, which the company needed since the towers extend up nearly 400 feet when their blades reach their maximum height.
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