Sagebrush Energy is proposing to develop the Norris Hill Wind Project, a small, community sized wind energy project located on our land near Norris Junction in Madison County, Montana. The project will provide clean affordable electricity to approximately 7,000 homes in Montana, generated from eight (8) wind turbines with a total nameplate capacity of 20 MW. It will bring several million dollars in tax revenue to the county over the life of the project, directly employ more than 30 people during construction, and provide several jobs to the community during operation. The project will also protect 600 acres in an environmentally sensitive area from dense residential development, helping to protect critical wildlife corridors and habitat in the Madison Valley. These benefits will accrue with very little cost to the community.
Sagebrush Energy chose the location of the Norris Hill Wind Project to minimize the visual and environmental impacts of wind development on county residents. The site borders public land around most of the perimeter, providing a natural buffer between the project and future residential development. The buffer helps to ensure that the project does not threaten public safety, and provides wildlife connectivity through the area. Also, the high profile of the Norris Hill blocks visibility of the project from the Madison River Valley, including the town of Ennis and the residential areas around Ennis Lake. Further, by locating the project more than four miles away from Ennis Lake and below the highest ridges of Norris Hill, the project avoided interference with waterfowl stopping at the lake.