Invenergy LLC recently presented the community of La Salle County, Ill., with a $1.7 million check, representing 2014's annual property taxes for the company's Grand Ridge Energy Center.
The 263 MW facility – located on approximately 34,000 acres of private land in Marseilles, which is about 80 miles southwest of Chicago – comprises a 210 MW wind farm, a 20 MW solar project and a 33 MW energy-storage facility.
According to Invenergy, the Grand Ridge Energy Center provides more than $5.6 million annually in tax payments, landowner payments and staff salaries. In the state of Illinois, the company has developed a total of approximately 1,500 MW of clean energy projects, including nearly 900 MW of wind and solar power generation facilities.
Jacob Ursua, operations and maintenance manager for the center, says a portion of the check will benefit schools in the area.
"We're pleased that our tax payments can help contribute to the continued development and well-being of the residents of La Salle County," he says.