The first approval hurdle has been passed to construct a 300-megawatt wind farm here in Eastern Carolina.
The North Carolina Utilities Commission this morning okayed Atlantic Wind, LLC's plan to place 150 turbines on 20,000 acres of land in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties. The company plans to have the facility operating by late next year if the remainder of the approvals are received.
The wind farm would connect to Dominion Power's transmission line in Perquimans County, while the company is in discussions with North Carolina power suppliers for sale of the power. It expects to produce between 750,000 and 950,000 MWh per year, or enough electricity for between 55,000 and 75,000 North Carolina homes.
The same company wants to build another wind farm in Camden and Currituck counties.