The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has approved a $6 million state grant to help fund a project to expand the Highland Wind Project in Cambria County, Pa., according to Pennsylvania State Rep. Gary Haluska.
The grant, awarded through the state's Alternative and Clean Energy Program, will help fund a portion of the cost of purchasing and installing an additional 30 wind turbines. The new phase of the project will be known as the Highland North Wind Project and will increase the total wind energy capacity of both phases of the project to more than 137 MW.
‘The expansion will increase the amount of wind energy capacity in Pennsylvania by 10 percent,’ says Haluska. ‘This additional clean and renewable power will be sold to the grid, and will continue to move Pennsylvania forward as a leader in alternative and clean energy production and use.’
He adds that there is strong local support for the project, and lease agreements and permits for the second phase of the project are in hand. Highland North is owned by EverPower Wind Holdings Inc., a company that has 17 wind energy projects in various stages of development in eight states.
The total cost of the Highland North Wind Project is estimated at approximately $121.1 million.
The CFA was established by the Pennsylvania General Assembly as an independent agency to administer the state's economic stimulus packages.