PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — Several farmers from the area said they supported a wind project proposed in central South Dakota while several others spoke against it Wednesday night at a public input hearing.

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission must decide no later than March 23, 2022, whether to permit the North Bend wind farm that Engie North America wants in western Hyde and eastern Hughes counties.

Engie representative Casey Willis said the 71-turbine project would cost $265 million to $285 million. If all permits are in place, construction would start in April 2022 and commercial operation would occur in November 2022, he said.

A plan for taking down the project after its lifetime is being developed and there’s still no power-purchase agreement, Willis acknowledged.

The 200-megawatt project would connect to the grid through the Fort Thompson 230-kilovolt line owned by the Western Area Power Administration.

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