Invenergy has received approval to build 124 wind turbines in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, although a lawsuit to block the project is likely. The $300 million, 186-megawatt Beech Ridge Energy Wind Farm would be one of the largest wind-turbine projects east of the Mississippi River.
Beech Ridge, a subsidiary of Invenergy, plans to start construction on the 500-acre farm this April, and the turbines could begin generating electricity as early as December 2007, The Gazette-Mail reports.
Project opponents include The Greenbrier resort, LewisburgÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mayor and state legislators who represent Greenbrier County. Supporters include the Sierra ClubÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s West Virginia chapter, an anti-mountaintop removal organization and the Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation, a union group.
Invenergy operates a wind-power project in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The company also is building wind farms in Colorado, Idaho and Montana.