Soldier Creek Wind Farm: Commissioners continue review of site plan

After receiving the site plan – which shows the general location of approximately 120 turbines – on Friday, May 31, the Nemaha County commissioners announced Monday that they are still reviewing the site plan for the proposed Soldier Creek Wind Farm, which is to be located in southern Nemaha County.

This announcement comes after a one hour executive session held on Monday morning, June 10, where the three commissioners – Gary Scoby, Dennis Henry and Tim Burdiek – met with their hired wind farm attorney James Neeld and Nemaha County Attorney Brad Lippert.

Scoby said that NextEra Energy Resources – the project’s developer – is still working on micro-siting the turbines.

“NextEra is still working on the site plan,” he said. “They are micro-siting, which is finalizing the turbine sites. So, it has not been finalized yet and we are still in negotiations for the term sheet.”

“Once we get some of this finalized, we will still want to look at the final plan before we turn it loose,” Henry said.

Cindy Brack of Seneca asked if the commissioners intended to release the site plan at their next meeting on Monday, June 17.

“Possibly. We don’t know that yet,” Scoby said

The commissioners scheduled a special meeting for 9 a.m. Thursday, June 13, to meet with Neeld in executive session. According to Lippert, no other topics are on the agenda, and there will be no public discussion regarding negotiations with NextEra.

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Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.

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