Wind farm gets BZA exemption

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Tippecanoe County’s first large-scale wind farm got the go-ahead from the Board of Zoning Appeals.

As News 18 has already reported, the Purdue Energy Park is set to be located in the northwestern portion of the county near the White County line. Plans call for a dozen 474-foot tall towers to be built on about 1,500 acres of ground that will tie into existing Tipmont lines.

Purdue’s Physical and Capital Planning Director Ken Sandel said more than 50 researchers at the university in areas like engineering and sociology will be interested in accessing the data.

“This is an unprecedented test bed opportunity for practical research that can happen on a commercial operating wind farm,” said Sandel.

Area planners say while wind energy is a growing trend nationwide, there aren’t any plans for another wind farm in the county.

“I haven’t heard from any other wind energy companies that are interested in locating in Tippecanoe County. Obviously our northwestern part of the county is a great part of the county for wind,” said planner Bianca Klinker Zaklikowski.

The project was approved unanimously by the BZA Wednesday night. But it must meet other county requirements before building can begin.

Project managers hope to begin site work in August and have the turbines operating by the end of the year.

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