The Grant County commissioners met in regular session Tuesday, February 21, and heard a presentation from Apex Clean Energy of Charolottesville, VA. The company presented information about its lone project in South Dakota – Dakota Range Wind.
Dakota Range Wind is expected to generate enough energy to power about 233,000 homes annually and is a 700 megawatt project in Grant and Codington counties. It will require between 100 and 120 wind towers to be constructed within its footprint spanning the area of Ortley, Summit, Marvin and South Shore. The project excludes the area where SummitWind has plans and land contracts for a separate wind farm already in progress.
Dakota Range Wind projects the permitting process to take place in 2017 with civil work and construction in 2018. The project is anticipated to go online in 2019, and plans to utilize the Big Stone South to Ellendale transmission line to transfer the power generated, instead of constructing its own transmission line, according to project managers.
No formal requests or permits were asked of the commissioners at this time. “We will be talking with you and seeing you many times in the future, so we just wanted to introduce our plan to you prior to the permitting process,” said senior manager Mark Mauersberger.
In other business, Kathy Steinlicht with the Department of Equalization, addressed the board regarding the upcoming mailing of assessment notices, which will be sent out March 1. After a discussion, the board approved to take off the adjustment factors which lowers the assessed value and the taxable value of agriculture land.
Todd Kays, executive director for First District, gave an annual report on activities he has assisted with in Grant County. He also gave the board copies of the administrative forms that will be used in the CAFO vesting process.
Grant County Development Corporation executive director, Bobbie Bohlen, gave an update of her activities within the last month. She also invited the board to the GCDC annual meeting which is scheduled for May 18.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the commissioners will be Tuesday, March 7, at 8 a.m.