NEMO High Prairie Wind Farm Project progressing
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. —
A massive wind farm is set to be constructed in northeast Missouri in the coming years.
The High Prairie Wind Farm Project will consist of 175 wind turbines and will be constructed on land in Adair and Schuyler counties.
Monday afternoon, a Terra-Gen representative met with Adair County Commissioners to give an update on how the project is coming along.
In May 2018, Terra-Gen and Ameren Missouri announced plans to build the wind farm, which will be the largest facility of its kind in the state.
Terra-Gen will develop, finance and construct the project, and subject to regulatory approvals, Ameren Missouri will purchase Terra-Gen's ownership interest after construction is completed.
Glenn Smith, with Terra-Gen, told commissioners he's pleased with how work is progressing.
He says that much of the property needed for this project has now been acquired.
"Collection systems and access roads and crane paths, overhead lines, easements for overhead lines - we've made a tremendous amount of progress on that, we are virtually at 100 percent on that. We've done a lot of permitting work, we've submitted an application with the Fish and Wildlife Service for what's called a habitat conservation plan for the bats."
Smith says the project is on track to break ground in 2020.
"It'll be really exciting when we break ground, when we start to do physical work at the project sites. Honestly though, I'd like to think every aspect, even when you're signing a contract, there is a feeling of accomplishment and a sense of excitement and progress."