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Granite Mountain Wind Project, CA

STATUS:  Delayed

TYPE: Wind

OPPOSITION: Citizens of Apple Valley; Town Council of Apple Valley

PROSPECTS: Indeterminate

BACKGROUND: The Granite Mountain Wind Project is located 11 miles east of Apple Valley on Granite Mountain Range in San Bernardino County.  It is a $136 million project that includes 28 wind turbines.  The developer of the project is Granite Wind LLC, which is a subsidiary of Renewable Americas Development Inc. (RES Americas).  The project will take 10 months to build.  The operational lifetime for these turbines is estimated to be between 25 and 30 years, and these turbines will generate 64.4 megawatts of energy, which is enough energy to provide power to the town of Apple Valley consisting of 70,000 people. 

The Granite Mountain wind turbines would employ approximately 80-100 construction workers.  Once the turbines are complete, 8 permanent jobs will exist to maintain the structures, and an additional 8 permanent indirect jobs will be created.

Residents and the town council have voiced concerns regarding the “visual blight” of the project, which they believe will ruin the desert landscape.  The other primary concern is that by allowing the Granite Mountain Wind Project to occur, an unwelcome precedent will be set.  The concern is that other developers will consider the Apple Valley region a welcome host for future wind farm development projects. 

On April 2, 2010, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the County of San Bernardino released a joint Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for the project. Public informational meetings were scheduled for May 17 and 20, 2010.   On September 7, 2010, RES Americas requested a delay for the project in order to address potential impacts to golden eagles.

SOURCES: http://www.granitemountainwind.com/about_the_projects.php;
Apple Valley Petition http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/granitemountain/;
BLM: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/prog/energy/fasttrack/granite.html;
Market Research: http://www.marketresearch.com/product/display.asp?productid=2833071&xs=r&SID=90689002-494102080-404007850&curr=USD&kw=&view=toc

Last updated November 9, 2010