ELLENBURG — The Marble River Wind Farm in the towns of Ellenburg and Clinton could be operational by next fall.
Wind Farm Project Manager Dan Fitzgerald said work started last summer, and they are continuing to work on an electrical substation near Route 190 in the Ellenburg. That work is expected to be finished by spring, and turbine components should start to arrive in late May or early June.
"We are currently targeting an October operational date," he said.
The warm weather and lack of snow has allowed work to continue on surveying and clearing routes for roads in the wind park.
Plans call for 72 Vestas V112-3 3-megawatt wind turbines, 16 in the Town of Ellenburg and 56 in the Town of Clinton. The 492 foot wind towers are the largest ever approved in the state of New York.
The wind farm will be capable of producing up to 216 megawatts of power.
Marble River originally had approval from the New York State Public Service Commission for 109 2.1-megawatt wind turbines. The amended plan was approved in June.
The commission said in a press release at that time that the taller turbines are designed for more efficient energy generation through a new gearbox and control design. The increased height and blade-sweep area are designed to maximize generation potential at low and medium wind-speed sites.
In addition to fewer, taller turbines, the modified plan allowed for significant reductions in access roads, underground electrical collection lines and eliminated the need for overhead collection lines. It also reduced the impact on wetlands.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority awarded Marble River renewable energy credits for 45 megawatts of capacity last summer. That was on top of 171 megawatts of capacity it was awarded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority in 2010.
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