Harnessing the wind’s energy has become a specialty service for several of Olsson Associates’ teams working on projects throughout the state. In Custer County, Nebraska, Olsson’s Survey, Environmental, and Public Infrastructure teams developed and constructed the Broken Bow Wind Farm. This site includes 50 wind turbines that generate 80 megawatts of power. Broken Bow Wind Farm was developed by Midwest Wind Energy and includes development and construction work for Wanzek Construction and the owner Edison Mission.
Olsson began providing its services in August 2010 to locate all property lines, setback lines, and physical features (such as pivots and houses) to develop the Turbine Layout Plan, which sets forth guidelines for meeting the design criteria and adhering to federal, state, and county regulations. Olsson’s surveyors provided Alta Surveys of the proposed wind farm’s infrastructure, property lines, property right-of-ways, and setbacks. Surveyors also procured information on area land owners, and wrote legal descriptions for easements and land owner lease agreements for each parcel. Further, Olsson provided a surveyor, truck, and equipment for Micro Siting with Midwest Wind and Edison Mission personnel. Additionally, Olsson’s surveyors served as “tour guides” when Edison Mission needed to perform facility site tours for all the prospective contractors bidding on the project. The area’s terrain was so rough that Olsson’s surveyors had to lead the developers into the turbine sites because Olsson’s staff members were the only people that knew the points of access.
In addition to survey, Olsson was responsible for providing roadway infrastructure designs to accommodate for the windmill’s wide turns. Olsson also helped address environmental concerns for the area, including wetland delineations and the migratory bird treaty act. Furthermore, Olsson provided Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) inspections during the construction phase and conducted SWPPP inspections during the operations phase until the site met criteria to file a Notice of Termination with the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. A Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan was also put into place to address oil storage at the facility’s maintenance building, transformer substation, and each turbine.
The Broken Bow Wind Farm’s construction was completed in the Fall of 2012. Final Alta Surveys were submitted to Wanzek Construction and Edison Mission in November 2012.