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Alternative energy project moving forward in O'Brien County, Iowa

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O'Brien County board members discuss a proposed wind farm during a meeting in Primghar. O'Brien County board members discuss a proposed wind farm during a meeting in Primghar.
PRIMGHAR, Iowa (KTIV) -

Plans are moving forward for a project to harness the wind in O'Brien County, Iowa.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors set a public hearing for the Invenergy project.

That company plans to put up 218 turbines in O'Brien county over the next several years.

The August 20th public meeting will be held at noon at the O'Brien County Court House. The meeting will be for the public and landowners to get their questions answered.

While they wait to see what the public has to say, county leaders said they're looking forward to the changes that will come along with these turbines.

"We've waited a long time for one of the wind farms to actually come to the permit stage of it and the county is excited to see how this project is going to come forward," County Auditor Barb Rohwer said.

Invenergy's Vice President of Development Kevin Parzyck said the turbines are great for the county's economic development.

"Alternative energy and wind energy is a growing industry that is being implemented across the country and will provide economic benefits in the long run in O'Brien County," Parzyck said.

Letters will be sent out notifying everyone within 1500 feet of where the new turbines will be placed.

Invenergy hopes to begin construction in the fall.

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