Chicago Company Looking at Possible VA Wind Farm

A Chicago-based company is pursuing a wind farm of 15 turbines atop Poor Mountain in Roanoke County.

Invenergy says the power-generating windmills would stand 443 feet from base to the highest tip of a blade. The turbines would occupy one of Virginia's windiest land-based sites.

The project is in its preliminary stages and it is estimated that the company would invest between $80 million and $100 million on the project. It also is expected to create additional revenue for the county while not requiring water, sewer and road improvements.

The company says Poor Mountain already hosts telecommunications infrastructure and an access road that the project could utilize. And Appalachian Power has an existing transmission line nearby, offering a tie-in for the power generated.

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