Developer eyes northeast Indiana for wind farm-WEB ONLY

A developer is working on plans to install up to 75 turbines on several small wind farms in northern Indiana’s LaGrange County.

Fort Wayne-based Pioneer Wind Energy LLC says it has rented more than 4,000 acres, enough to build two of the wind farms with 10 to 15 turbines each.

The company’s plans for LaGrange County are smaller than the wind farms being built in northwestern Indiana near Lafayette and in northwestern Ohio.

Pioneer Wind managing director Steve Stroup says the area is not windy enough to support a major project, but that it is less likely to draw competition from large-scale wind developers.

The company hopes to have its first turbines operating by the end of next year.

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