Parish council to meet Wednesday
Members of the St. Mary Parish council will consider an ordinance Wednesday granting a specific use permit for the operation of a wind farm in the Glencoe area off of La. 83.
The area is currently in an agricultural zone on JMB Partnership LLC property.
Southern States Renewable Energy Inc. of Metairie plans to erect eight wind turbines on the property to create energy to be sold to Cleco, the local power provider, according to information provided to the parish Planning and Zoning Commission last week.
SSRE Directors Wilfred Gallardo Jr. and John Treen Sr. along with construction manager Lawrence Babalor addressed the commission which later gave the nod to the specific use permit.
Babalor told the commission that St. Mary was chosen for the site based on studies showing that the highest wind speeds in the state are along the coast here.
SSRE has negotiated a land lease with JMB, otherwise known as the Burguieres Co., on Florence Plantation for the wind farm. The site is in close proximity to the Ivanhoe Electrical substation owned by Cleco which would enable cost efficient power transmission.
Babalor said the eight turbines would produce an estimated 94,000 megawatts of electrical power annually. This would represent less than one-tenth of a percent of the 10 million megawatts of power supplied by Cleco.
The turbines have a hub height of 298 feet and the rotor blades are 384 feet in diameter. Total height from the ground to the top of the rotor is approximately 498 feet or the equivalent of a 48-story building.
Babalor said Cleco has indicated that there should not be any impact on consumer utility rates.
Gallardo said the wind farm would create 40 construction jobs and then six jobs for operation. Construction time is six to eight months.
A public hearing on the ordinance will be called at 5:45 p.m.
Other items on the council’s agenda include:
—Resolutions authorizing participation in the Quality Jobs Program by Allison Marine Contractors II LLC; a professional services agreement on the Hurricane Isaac Hazard Mitigation Grant Program; an engineering services agreement on the Disaster Recovery Program Community Development Block Grant on the- Patterson sewer improvements project; and a contract with the lowest bidder on improvements at the West End Solid Waste Pickup Station.
The regular meeting begins at 6 p.m. with both sessions to be held on the fifth floor of the courthouse in Franklin.