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6.14.2011

FIRST WIND FARM IN FLORIDA SUGAR CANE FILED PROPOSED

Wind Capital Group of Missouri wants to build, own and operate the first wind farm in Florida, despite a view among some residents that wind turbines are not a sensible idea in the hurricane-prone state.

Wind Capital Group wants to locate a 150MW project southeast of Lake Okeechobee on 40 sq km of land in a field to be leased from sugarcane growers It would not affect production of the field crop.

A spokesman for Wind Capital Group, told Recharge News that his company is talking with both electric cooperatives and investor-owned utilities on entering into a long-term power purchase contract.

The company also said it is studying wind speeds in the area and looking at the environmental impact of placing up to 100 turbines there. The location’s wind resource are projected as good given the site’s location near the Atlantic Ocean, while it also gets west-to-east breezes off the Gulf of Mexico on Florida’s other coast. Newer model wind turbines can also capture more energy from slower wind speeds. 

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