Illinois Grant for Wind Energy Project

October 02, 2002

Illinois Governor George Ryan announced in July a $2.75 million grant to Navitas Energy, Inc., to develop a 50-MW wind power project in northern Illinois. The project will be located in Lee County, near Mendota, Illinois and will be the state's largest wind facility.

Said Governor Ryan. "This project is a long-term investment to bring a clean and inexhaustible source of electricity to thousands of Illinois residents. "The Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs awarded the project the maximum grant available through the Renewable Energy Resources Trust Fund.

The wind farm is expected to add approximately $50 million to the county tax base and pay $130,000 per year to local landowners. The developers predict that the project will produce up to 30 construction jobs in Lee County for a period of six to nine months, and up to six permanent jobs requiring skills in power plant operations and maintenance.

When complete, the wind farm will generate approximately 133 million kWh of electricity, or enough to power about 15,000 households. The wind farm is expected to offset the annual emissions of 76,000 tons of CO2, 800 tons of SO2, and 300 tons of carbon monoxide (CO) that would be generated by conventional power plants to produce this much electricity.

Source: July 12, 2002 edition of Wind Energy Weekly.