LEEDCo’s project, if it proceeds on schedule with construction starting in 2014, could become North America’s first fresh-water offshore wind farm.
The $100 million pilot project is slated to use five 4MW GE direct-drive turbines six miles offshore near Cleveland.
The option gives LEEDCo, with its project builder, Fresh Water Wind I, exclusive rights to 5,700 acres of lake-bed owned by the state.
The companies have already started studying the project’s potential impact on fish spawning, bats and birds.
To get the lease option renewed, the developers will have to prove the project is feasible, obtain building permits from the state and federal government, and apply for a long-term lease, said local media.
Renewal of the lease, is dependent on the project being in service by September 2016.