Florida DEP approves new wind farm in Palm Beach County

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently approved a permit for the construction of wind farm in Palm Beach County, reports Sun Sentinel.

The Sugarland Wind will consist of at least 114 wind turbines spreading across 13,000 acres of farmland in western Palm Beach County. The project is expected to produce enough clean energy to power about 60,000 homes.

The 500-foot-tall turbines would produce 200 megawatts (MW) of electricity that would be sold to Florida energy providers.

Environmental groups have objected to the proposed location of the turbines, saying they pose too much of a risk to birds migrating through the Everglades. That includes endangered wood storks and Everglades snail kites, the newspaper said.

The permit is contingent on Sugarland Wind completing a bird and bat protection plan before construction, said Benny Luedike, DEP environmental manager who handled the wind farm permit.

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