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By Staff | Sep 26, 2010

There could be 18 to 24 wind towers dotting the Faribault County landscape by the end of next year, if a new project proceeds on schedule.

Collin Rudeen, of Exergy Development, was at last Tuesday’s Faribault County Commissioner meeting.

Rudeen says his company is just finishing up their current wind energy project Idaho, and will be moving to Faribault County next.

“Our project here, called ‘Big Blue,’ will finally be moving forward,” he says.

Rudeen explained to the commissioners that two major hurdles, an energy contract and an application with the Public Utilities Commission, have been accomplished.

Tim Penny

“Next, we will be procuring landowner agreements,” he says.

The project is slated to be constructed west of Blue Earth, in Jo Daviess Township. It will produce 36 MW of electricity, from the 18 to 24 turbines.

Rudeen says his company expects the wind farm to be fully completed and generating electricity by the end of 2011.

Rudeen answered a commissioner question by saying he had looked over a preliminary construction ordinance the county will be passing soon, and did not have any issues with it.

Rudeen was not the only guest the commissioners had at their meeting last week.

Tim Penny, president and chief executive officer with Southern Minnesota Initiative Fund, reported what his organization has accomplished in the past year.

Over the past 24 years, SMIF has supported nearly 500 businesses with loans and technical assistance totalling more than $22 million.

To read more of this story, see this week’s Register.