Endangered bats curtail wind farmsTwo of three companies are pulling out of northwest Arkansas due to issues with wind and threatened bat species
March 30, 2011 at 8:32 p.m.
Nathan Wilson, founder and manager of Winds of Change, explained the use of a Triton Wind Profiler in a hay field between Gentry and Decatur in August of 2009. The device measured wind direction and wind speeds at 600 meters above ground and was the first step toward the construction of a wind farm in the Gentry and Decatur area. On Monday, Wilson said that, after one year, the wind measuring device showed wind speeds were 10 to 20 percent better than expected. -
Photo by Randy Moll
Endangered bats have created serious challenges for three wind energy developers in northwest Arkansas and are one of the factors that led two of the companies — TradeWind Energy in Benton County and Invergy LLC in Washington County — to halt development of their projects.
Photo by File Photo by David Kampwerth
The Ozark big-eared bat, shown hanging from a wall of a cave, is an endangered species that officials say poses a threat to the feasibility of the development of wind energy in Washington County.