About The Project
Invenergy began development of the Deuel Harvest Wind Farm in 2015 with the goal to secure necessary permits, and begin construction in 2019.
Currently, our efforts are largely focused on local development efforts including leasing landowners, working with local stakeholders to gain input on the project, and identifying potential turbine locations. Invenergy will submit for permits with Deuel County and the SD PUC to obtain all necessary legal approvals. Environmental and wildlife studies are being performed as part of state permit applications, and to ensure responsible siting. Wind resource data is continually being collected and Invenergy is currently marketing the project toward securing an off-take agreement.
During the life of the project, the Deuel Harvest Wind Farm will pay millions of dollars in property taxes, lease payments to landowners, salaries to local employees, and payments for local goods and services, resulting in a significant increase in economic activity in the Deuel County area. Local schools and county infrastructure will directly benefit from the taxes and the increase in tax revenue.
An Economic Impact of the Deuel Wind Farm Project was commissioned by Invenergy and performed by Dr. David G. Loomis, Professor of Economics at Illinois State University and Director of the Center for Renewable Energy.
South Dakota is a national and world leader in wind power generation. 35.8% of the electricity in South Dakota is generated by wind - which represents the highest share of wind power generation of any state. South Dakota also ranks 2nd in the nation for installed wind generation capacity. South Dakota's electricity bills have remained well below the national average due to this abundance of wind energy. And South Dakota's robust wind industry contributes greatly to the economy - to date, the wind industry has invested more than $11 billion into the South Dakota economy.
The Deuel County Wind Farm is an unparalleled development opportunity for Deuel County, with millions to be invested in the local economy over the life of the project. We selected Deuel County for this project after intense and careful evaluation due to the:
We take serious our commitment to our local host communities and look forward to continuing to work closely with Deuel County, contributing to the area's economic development, and to providing an additional supply of clean, homegrown energy in South Dakota.
To avoid and minimize impacts to wildlife and other natural resources, we work with state and federal agencies and other interested stakeholders to site, build, and operate our facilities responsibly. The cornerstone of that effort is our commitment to act in accordance with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines, which includes robust pre-construction wildlife and habitat surveys, early and often communication with wildlife agencies, and operational monitoring to ensure risk to wildlife is minimized.
All County roads and infrastructure will be left in the same or better condition than they were prior to their use for the construction or on-going maintenance and repair of a wind energy project, and that such repairs will be completed at no cost to Deuel County. Invenergy will work directly with the county road supervisor on a "Road Use Agreement" to ensure this.
Deuel County's Wind Energy Ordinance requires the creation of a Decommissioning Plan and accompanying fund for use in the unlikely event that a wind project must be taken down before the end of its useful life.