The Cherokee Nation has agreed to partner with Chicago-based PNE Wind USA to develop a 90-turbine wind farm, located in Kay County, Okla.
The Cherokee Nation has approved plans to team up with four other tribes to develop the wind farm. The tribes will jointly operate the facility with 45 turbines on 3,000 acres of Cherokee-owned property and 45 more turbines on 3,000 acres owned by the Kaw Nation, Otoe-Missouria Tribe, Pawnee Nation and Ponca Nation.
According to the Cherokee Nation, the project is estimated to generate $16 million over the next 20 years. It is expected to provide 153 MW of power to the Southwest grid. Development of the 90-turbine wind farm will start immediately on 3,000 acres of the tribe's Chilocco property, the site of a former Indian boarding school.
Once built, Cherokee Nations says the wind farm will be the largest tribal wind farm in the U.S.
‘The Cherokee Nation is playing a significant role in creating new green jobs and expects to play a key role in Oklahoma's emerging wind energy industry,’ said Cherokee Nation Chief Bill John Baker. ‘The Cherokee Nation is committed to growing the Oklahoma economy, helping reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil and creating sustainable jobs for our people in the renewable energy sector.’