In January 2021, due to some unexpected delays the
Logan County Board approved a six-month extension for Sugar Creek
Wind Farm’s Conditional Use Permit. Sugar Creek Wind Farm was
operational throughout most of 2021.
Status of Mulligan Solar Farm project
In summer 2020, the Zoning Board of Appeals and Logan County Board
approved Mulligan Solar’s request for a solar farm project that
would be the largest one in Logan County so far.
In January 2021, after extensive discussion the board voted to add
solar farm projects to the list of eligible projects for the
enterprise zone. The board also approved extending the Lincoln/Logan
County’s Enterprise Zone to add Mulligan Solar.
Then, at a February Lincoln City Council meeting, Logan County Board
Chairman Emily Davenport told aldermen when the county approved the
request, it was not clearly understood that the board would lose its
control over future solar farms. Board members thought they would
still be able to ‘pick and choose’ which farms were permitted and
later learned that is not the case. Some people were asking the
county to reconsider its vote and Davenport was looking into it.
By March, the county had decided to re-address the Enterprise Zone
issue based on questions the city raised. Both the city and the
county had to approve the request for the Mulligan Solar Farm to
actually get the zone designation.
In talking to some city aldermen, Mayor Tracy Welch said the city
had some sticking points such as the space in the enterprise zone
In discussing Mulligan Solar, Erin Baker of Apex Clean Energy and
Mayor Welch said Mulligan Solar has a five-year (EZ) decertification
plan. Decertifying that area would free-up land in the enterprise
zone for other projects.
Welch said that after giving back its enterprise zone designation,
Mulligan Solar would be able to do what they need to do to operate
their business; the county would still see its tax revenue and the
land would then be opened for other opportunities.
At the Logan County Board’s March voting session, the board
continued discussion that began at the Board Workshop on whether to
reconsider the decision to add the Mulligan Solar Project to the
After extensive discussion and questions, the board ultimately
decided they would continue to support the decision to extend
enterprise zone to Mulligan Solar.
January 25, 2021-
Logan County extends Sugar Creek Wind One project time, approves
Enterprise Zone for Mulligan Solar Project
February 26, 2021-
Alderman hesitant to approve enterprise zone for Mulligan Solar
March 24, 2021-
Logan County continues to support decision to extend enterprise zone
to Mulligan Solar
In April, the board approved the Mulligan Solar
decommissioning plan with an escrow of $100,000 approved. Earlier in
the month, there was extensive discussion at the Planning and Zoning
Committee meeting about the amount of administrative fees to put in
The amount initially suggested for administrative fees for
decommissioning was $180,000. After more discussion, and several
amendments, the board approved the lower amount of $100,000, which
Mulligan Solar felt comfortable with.
April 28, 2021-Logan
County Board settles on solar farm decommissioning terms
By summer, construction of the solar farm was underway.
In the fall, the construction schedule was delayed due to supply
In November, Mulligan Solar
asked the board for extended hours for select activities. Guests
representing Mulligan Solar were Attorney Kyle Barry and site
supervisor James Richards.
For the Mulligan Solar Farm project, Barry said one condition was
only doing construction activities during daytime hours. This
restriction has been placed on other projects in the county and
Barry said it is not something Mulligan Solar objects.
Due to supply chain issues and unanticipated activities, Mulligan
Solar was seeking relief from daytime work restrictions. Barry said
extended hours would not be needed for construction activities, but
some testing on transformers and other equipment would need to be
done after dark.
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In addition, once the transformer is installed at the substation, it
must be filled with oil. Barry said a filtering process continuously
pumps oil into the transformer for 72-hours. The oil goes into a
vacuum and must be heated to a certain temperature to get all the
Project Site Manager James Richards said testing would likely begin
in mid-December. Since they would be using laptops and flashlights,
there would not be any loud noises emitted.
For the continuous pour of the oil, they use an electric pump, which
is not loud.
The board approved the extended hours for the Mulligan Solar Project
at their November voting meeting.
In July, petitioners Doug Muck and Joe Scharf of Carri Scharf
Materials Company proposed a plan to mine for sand, gravel and
limestone. The proposed project area includes 407.8 acres north of
Salt Creek, west of 900th Avenue, south of 1575th St and east of
The ZBA held a two-part public hearing where several community
members and a few ZBA members expressed various concerns. The ZBA
recommended adding some specific conditions to address concerns.
At their July voting meeting, the board approved the resolution to
amend the Logan County Zoning map to allow limestone mining.
When it came time to vote on the conditional use permit, Davenport
said there were many conditions to go over that the board did not
have time to review. She wanted to have a subcommittee go over the
list of conditions.
The board unanimously approved tabling the resolution for the
Conditional Use Permit.
As of December, the subcommittee had not been able to convene and
bring back a list of suggestions to the board.
In July 2020, Invenergy, a developer of sustainable energy, spoke
with the Logan County Board about plans to develop a wind project in
During 2021, Invenergy continued developing these plans. In 2022,
Invenergy hopes to apply for wind farm permits and begin
construction by the end of the year. Possible areas in the project
footprint are Atlanta, Lawndale and Chestnut.
July 14, 2021-Logan
County ZBA hands County Board a mixed bag and conditions to decide
July 19, 2021-Logan
County Board expected to vote on rezoning and conditional use permit
requests to mine sand, rock and limestone
As the county heads into 2022, two other wind farm projects are in
the early planning phases with hopes of bringing something forward
to the board soon.