Lincoln County voters approve setback change for wind turbine projects

On Tuesday, voters in Lincoln County approved a change to the ordinance dealing with how close future wind turbine projects can be to homes in the county.

The current ordinance on the books stated turbines could be built within a distance equal to three times the height of the turbine in question.

Under the ordinance approved by voters, turbines must now be a half-mile away from any homes that may be in the area.

Opponents of the ordinance say this change effective ends a plan on the drawing board to build a 150 turbine wind farm in southern Lincoln County.

Dakota Power Community Wind had behind that project. been in the works for several years, DPCW recently joined forces with Farmers & Friends for Wind to lobby for the project's approval and to fight against any ordinance change.

They were opposed by a group called WE CARE South Dakota. Representatives from the group have told KSFY News that they don't oppose the idea of wind power but they don't believe Lincoln County would be a good location for a wind farm of this size DPCW was proposing.