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Tax breaks proposed for major wind farm project in Enfield

Tax breaks proposed for major wind farm project in Enfield

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The top people behind a proposed wind farm in the Town of Enfield are seeking tax breaks from Tompkins County.

Project Manager Marguerite Wells says the tax breaks, if approved, would save the Black Oak Wind Farm roughly $175,000 per year.

Wells says they’ve proposed a 15-year tax abatement deal, which would need to be approved by the county’s IDA. A public hearing on the proposed tax breaks is set for Tuesday night.

Wells says the tax breaks would be necessary to make the $40 million project viable. She says they’ve run into delays as they’ve tried to move forward to put power into the grid.

“It’s an incredibly slow and bureaucratic process,” Wells said. “It’s going as fast as possible right now.”

She says other approvals are still needed from the town of Enfield before they can move forward.

“Even if we had the turbines standing up right now, we still couldn’t put the power into the grid until the end of 2015,” Wells said.

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