San Diego company proposes $200M Iowa wind farm

Source: By Des Moines Register • Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2016

LE MARS, Ia. — A San Diego-based alternative energy company has proposed building a $200 million wind farm in rural Plymouth County.

County Zoning Administrator Alan Lucken says EDF Renewable Energy is interested in building the project between Le Mars and Kingsley.

Company officials will meet with rural landowners this week to discuss the construction of about 100 windmills. The company didn’t return phone calls from the Sioux City Journal Monday.

Lucken says the project is currently in the initial planning stage and that county officials haven’t entered any agreements.

Private companies have pushed wind warms in rural Iowa in recent years, meaning that those counties have an increased property tax base. The proposed wind farm isn’t as large as O’Brien County’s Highland Wind Farm, which opened in Primghar in December 2015.