Juwi pulls plug on Indiana project

Juwi Wind has canceled its 150MW Prairie Breeze Wind Farm in central Indiana citing conditions imposed by a local county board of zoning appeals that it contends were prohibitive for the project to advance.

“Withdrawing from a late-stage development project is always a difficult decision,” said Mike Martin, president of Juwi Wind, whose US headquarters is in Boulder, Colorado.

The developer argues that it had met all substantive and procedural regulations, and had support of “dedicated and civic-minded landowners and other community members who championed the merits of this project.”

Juwi and landowners subsequently filed a lawsuit against the Tipton County Board of Zoning Appeals to force it to change the conditions in the project permit. They believe the board exceeded its mandate in imposing greater turbine distances from property lines.

Facing spiraling litigation costs and uncertainty over how long it would take to obtain a permit with revised wording, Juwi pulled the plug on the 94-turbine project.

Indiana has been among the fastest growing wind energy states in the past several years, vaulting to 14 place nationwide with 1.54GW on 1 January, according to the American Wind Energy Association.