Jefferson County OKs Permit for Wind Farm

windmill(AP) — The Jefferson County Commission has approved a special use permit for construction of a wind farm.

The commission approval was unanimous on Tuesday for the Volkswind project. The permit will allow installation of 43 towers that will run along the north side of U.S. Highway 136 between Jansen and Harbine.

Volkswind is a German company with a U.S. office in Portland, Ore. It has been planning the wind farm in Jefferson County and across into Gage County since at least 2009.

Officials say the project calls for production of around 100 megawatts of electricity.