EDP Renewables NA, through its subsidiary Horizon Wind Energy, continues to make good progress on the construction of Ohio's first commercial wind farm – a project the companies say will result in numerous jobs and a significant contribution to the local economy.
The 99 MW Timber Road II wind farm currently employs over 200 construction workers and is expected to generate millions of dollars in landowner royalties and property tax payments over the life of the project. This is the first of three phases of the wind farm.Â
Horizon has been working with more than 100 local landowners since 2007 to develop the wind farm, which consists of 55 wind turbines.Â
In 2008, Ohio's Republican and Democratic leaders worked together to pass a renewable portfolio standard to bring economic development and jobs to Ohio. In 2010, Sen. Chris Widener, R-Springfield, led Ohio's leaders in a bipartisan effort to ensure Ohio's property tax rate would not prohibit developers interested in building wind farms in Ohio.
In 2010, Horizon and AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power, signed a 20-year contract to purchase the power and renewable energy attributes from Timber Road II.Â
Horizon has made a $100,000 contribution to the Paulding County Soil & Water Conservation Office and the Agricultural Extension Office. In addition, Horizon plans to partner with Vantage Career Center to educate and train employees for careers in the renewable energy industry.Â
SOURCE: EDP Renewables NA