Bureau County Illinois recently approved the Geronimo Energy (BHE Renewables) Walnut Ridge Wind Farm. It covers 14,000 acres, including portions of of Ohio, Walnut, Greenville, Manlius and Bureau. Though the Zoning Board of Appeals for Bureau County denied the entirety of the project, the Bureau County Board approved the majority of the project in early January 2016.
Though construction is not yet underway, over 70 landowners along the ridge running from Mendota through Princeton, Illinois will be impacted with a turbine on or near their farmland. There are many factors to consider when agreeing to placement of a wind turbine, or other infrastructure, on your land. These include approval of conditional use permits, decommissioning and site restoration, a substation, staging area, power poles and transmission lines, there are many factors to consider when agreeing to have a wind farm structure on your land.
Shay Law, Ltd. has worked with many landowners regarding easement negotiations for wind turbines. We look forward to helping landowners facing impacts from the Walnut Ridge Wind farm. If you have questions regarding this project, contact us to discuss your options.