Elm Springs Annexes 300-Acre Plot Where Firm Wants Wind Farm

Nov 2, 2015

A small town in northwest Arkansas has annexed the 300 acres of land a developer hopes to use for Arkansas' first wind farm.

Two aldermen and the mayor say the city council voted 4-2 to annex the land during its Oct. 19 meeting.

Dragonfly Industries International has said it wants to use the land for a shrouded wind turbine design that would provide 80 megawatts of power to the area.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports that Elm Springs leaders must approve all steps of the project under the annexation. The agricultural land is on the western edge of the town.

The company has said it is quieter, more efficient and safer for wildlife than the standard design. Opponents have disputed these claims, saying the technology is unproven.