Posted: Oct 30, 2012 9:12 PM by Katy Harris KXLF News
The first renewable energy project on a reclaimed mining site could be coming to Anaconda.
"This will attract a great deal of national attention and be of national importance," says Exergy Integrated Systems Product Developer Gordon Brittan.
The worlds largest Superfund site could make headlines if a wind farm is built in the heart of it.
Anaconda Deer Lodge County, Exergy Integrated Systems and Northwestern Energy are in the proposal stage of the project.
A proposed 45 megawatt wind farm could power 6 thousand homes in the area.
8 wind turbines could be built on top of C-Hill in Anaconda.
They would be over 400 feet tall and over look the worlds biggest Superfund site.
Anaconda Deer Lodge County Superfund Coordinator Carl Nyman says, "100 years of mining and smelting here-to create renewable energy on this site is almost a 1-80 from what it was used for in the past and that's pretty exciting I think for the area."
I'm standing here on top of C-Hill where the proposed site for the 8 wind turbines will be. The nice thing about this project is that there's already a power plant and two sub-stations in place just down the hill. That puts the project one step ahead of the game.
A transmission line would connect the wind turbines to the power plant and sub-stations.
Exergy Integrated Systems will find out if they made the Northwestern Energy short list to build the project at the end of November.
Negotiations may start in January.