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Environment / Sustainability

University extends developer deadline on Maxwell Ranch Project to Oct. 31

September 28, 2009

The developer selected by the Colorado State University Research Foundation to build a wind farm on the Maxwell Ranch now has until Oct. 31 to cure problems with its lease agreement with the university.

Additional 30 days

On Friday, Sept. 25, the CSURF Board of Trustees extended the deadline for Wind Holding LLC to fix issues that could result in default on the lease. The board voted to grant the extension to “cure all defaults and grant an assignment of the lease to a new project developer.”

Progress with new developer

“We’re aware that Wind Holding, as the lease holder, is making progress with a new developer. We are providing them this additional 30 days to finalize that deal, which would allow for a transfer of the lease,” said Bill Farland, senior vice president for Research and Engagement at Colorado State.

“Colorado State is still planning to build a wind project on the Maxwell Ranch. As we’ve said before to county officials, the campus community and nearby residents, we want to ensure we’re building a project at an appropriate time and in a way that makes sense.”

Notice of default sent in July

In July, the CSURF board agreed to send an official notice of default to Wind Holding, which was hired to build a wind farm on the CSURF-owned Maxwell Ranch. The board voted to issue the notice, which gave Wind Holding 60 days to remedy the conditions of default and comply with the provisions of its CSURF contract to build a wind farm.

The 60-day period began July 25 - when Wind Holding received the notice via certified mail - and ended at midnight on Sept. 25.

Additional background and information is available online at Green Power Project Update.

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