Western Iowans are divided about the merits of industrial wind projects being planned in the region.
Chicago-based Invenergy wants to build almost 170 wind turbines in Sac and Ida counties in the next year, enough to power 90-thousand homes.
Mason Fleenor, an Ida County farmer, says he’s worried about the noise and the view of large turbines on the horizon.
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Invenergy developed another wind farm in the county that’s been operating for about two years.
The county estimates it gains more than two-million dollars each year from industrial wind energy after taxes.
Ida County Board of Supervisors Chairman Rhett Leonard says revenue from the turbine property values benefits road infrastructure projects.
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After the first phase of Invenergy’s initial project in the area was complete, about 500 residents petitioned the county to have wind turbines be at least one mile away from a house.
The county established a code saying they have to be at least 15-hundred feet away.
In a statement, Invenergy said it builds projects where landowners have voluntarily signed easements or leases.