Endangered bats curtail wind farms

Two of three companies are pulling out of northwest Arkansas due to issues with wind and threatened bat species

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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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.

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.


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