The Project Area boundary encompasses approximately 26,000 acres of private and state ranchland.
Wind turbines and other project facilities will be sited within the Project Area to comply with county setback distances, turbine spacing requirements, and other environmental and siting constraints. To support the environmental review of the project, ConnectGen has developed 1,000-foot wide turbine siting corridors within which turbines could be located.
As part of the environmental review being performed for the proposed Rail Tie Wind Project, visual simulations were developed to provide a photographic representation of what the project may look like. Visual simulations were developed for several Key Observation Points (KOPs) in and around the project area. Because ConnectGen has not yet selected a turbine model for the Rail Tie Wind Project, two sets of visual simulations were created for each KOP – one depicting the proposed minimum turbine height scenario and one depicting the proposed maximum turbine height scenario. The photos used for the simulations were captured during the fall of 2019. The wind turbine locations depicted in the visual simulations reflect representative turbine layouts and are subject to change based on final engineering and environmental review.