(WILBER, NE) – The Saline County Board yesterday gave final approval for a conditional use permit allowing Aksamit Energy Development (AED) to proceed with a 300MW wind farm located in Saline County. The project, known as Milligan 1, now joins the 74MW Milligan 3 project previously approved by the County. The wind farms will generate nearly 400MW of electricity when construction is complete.
“I commend the leadership and landowners of Saline County who have worked so hard to make this project a reality,” said Jason Edwards, Vice President of AED. “There has been a lot of effort by Gary Aksamit personally, our local investors, and the community in and around this project to make today a great day for Saline County. These two combined projects will generate more than $1 million per year in taxes and landowner payments for Saline County government and the affected School Districts. We look forward to getting the groundwork completed as soon as possible to begin construction of this project.
The Milligan 3 project will have approximately 37 turbines, while Milligan 1 will have approximately 90 turbines. As part of the permit granted, AED will upgrade roads, bridges and intersections in the county to accommodate heavy vehicles during construction, and will leave any roads in as good or better condition than before construction began.
“This has been a long day coming since we first started developing wind projects in this area in 2009,” said Gary Aksamit, Chairman of Aksamit Resource Management. “I want to thank the Saline County Planning and Zoning Commission members and the County Board for all of their hard work by sifting through all of the information and giving these projects their approval. These are complex projects that take great attention to detail and the local leaders on these commissions should be credited with doing the hard work. I’m excited to get this project going as quickly as we can,” Aksamit said.
Recent changes in state law helped make this project possible. “We were able to proceed with this project that will bring millions of dollars to the state and the community because the legislature eliminated the ability of public power to use eminent domain to take our project if we constructed it,” said Michael Matheson, Vice President of Marketing for Aksamit Resource Management.