An important achievement on the development timeline has wrapped up for the Norfolk Wind project. Earlier this year, the land-leases signed to develop Norfolk surpassed 9,000 acres, the targeted allotment needed to develop 40 megawatts of wind energy. The 9,000 contiguous acres has created the boundaries for the project’s footprint, effectively completing the land acquisition, or site control, process. The footprint lies roughly northwest of the intersection of County Roads 50 and 71 in Norfolk Township and southeast of the 795th Ave and 420th St intersection in Melville Township.
“The people of Bird Island, Minnesota are uniquely progressive-minded,” says Brian Stuart, field specialist for Norfolk, “and they have been very supportive of this wind energy project.” Stuart has worked extensively with the residents of Renville County and has personally acquired land-lease agreements with many in the area. “They embrace change and are excited to play a part in reaching Minnesota’s renewable energy goals.”
David Scheibel, a member of Norfolk’s advisory board, has still been at work inside the footprint area. Although no more land is necessary to effectively develop the project, additional land beyond the 9,000 acre threshold may still be signed in a few areas. Please contact Brian Stuart if you are interested in Norfolk but haven’t yet signed a lease.