CLINTON — Tradewind Energy has entered an agreement with Arcosa, Inc., formerly Trinity Structural Towers, to explore the possibility of Arcosa building towers for the Alta Farms wind energy project.
Tom Swierczewski, development director for Tradewind, spoke to members of the DeWitt County Board on December 20 about the agreement. Swierczewski also is project manager of the Alta Farms project.
He said his company provided Arcosa a “letter of cooperation regarding the sourcing of wind turbine power components for our project.”
“They are a premier supplier of wind turbine towers all over the world,” Swierczewski said.
He said Tradewind and its parent company were working to use local businesses as much as possible on the Alta Farms project.
“This partnership with Arcosa is another giant step forward to do just that.”
Early in the process, Swierczewski told the county board that, while they hoped to use Arcosa (Trinity) as a tower supplier, Arcosa did not build the style of tower compatible for use with the turbines Tradewind planned to use on the Alta Farms project.
Additional board business
The board approved $200,000 to replace the county’s voting machines, which are about 30 years old.
County Clerk Dana Smith said the county’s current machines are no longer supported by the manufacturer, so parts for repair are not available. Also, the new machines would incorporate technology to prevent hacking into the system.
The board also reappointed Jay Haynes and Dr. Harold Allen to the mental health board for terms through 2022 and Dan Ballenger to the Mahomet Valley Water Authority for a term through 2021.
And, the board voted to extend the building lease with DeWitt County EMS for one year.