Southeastern SD wind farm project faces delay – Casper Star

June 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

TRIPP, S.D. — Construction of a $115 million wind farm in southeastern South Dakota is being delayed because of investors’ uncertainty about a federal wind energy production tax credit.

Roland Jurgens, a senior project manager with Carstensen Energy, of Chokio, Minnesota, said he still expects the first 22 turbines to be built near Tripp by the end of the year, with 21 more done early next year.

The tax credit expired at the end of last year, though projects that started before that might still qualify. Investors in the project near Tripp are waiting for the Internal Revenue Service to determine which projects qualify, according to Jurgens.

A bill to renew the tax credit is in the Senate but isn’t expected to be acted on until after the November elections, said Paul Bachman, executive director of the South Dakota Wind Energy Association,

If the Tripp project becomes reality, the wind farm’s 43 turbines will produce electricity for NorthWestern Energy.

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