By Adrian Skabelund | AZ Daily Sun
Aproposed renewable energy project about 30 miles northwest of Flagstaff is one step closer to becoming reality after it was unanimously approved by the Coconino County Planning and Zoning Commission last month.
Several commissioners said the decision to approve the project, which hopes to bring just more than 50 wind turbines and a solar array to an area just southeast of the community of Grand Canyon Junction/Valle, was not an easy one.
Commissioners were mostly concerned about the impacts the project — which is being developed together by Florida- based NextEra Energy Resources and Babbitt Ranches — might have on avian wildlife such as golden eagles and bats.
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Based on survey data, NextEra has said the project’s location keeps it out of way of known eagle nests and bat roosts.