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Wind farm to expand turbines: Success after Whitley Co. ordinance stifled construction

May 13, 2013

BLUFFTON (AP) — The developer of a proposed wind farm in northeastern Indiana is increasing the number of turbines it wants to install as part of a $336 million complex on about 37,000 acres of land.

Apex Wind Energy of Charlottesville, Va., will present its new design to local officials next month and says it expects construction to begin by the end of the year.

The design is a change from the 87 turbines on 18,500 acres that Apex initially proposed, an area newspaper reported.

Apex says it won't increase its investment because the 200-megawatt farm will still produce the same amount of energy.

The company overcame opposition from residents by agreeing to higher standards for noise, increasing setbacks for homes that aren't participating and creating a complaint procedure for noise and shadow flickers.

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