Phillips County, Colo., was recently awarded a $2.5 million Community Renewable Energy Grant by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to help finance NECO Wind's community-based wind energy development.
The grant, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will help jump-start development on the first 30 MW phase of the project, located in Phillips County. The remainder of the project will be completed in separate phases totaling up to 650 MW across Colorado's Phillips, Logan and Sedgwick counties.
The funding awarded to Phillips County is part of a broader DOE initiative that will distribute $20.5 million to community-based renewable energy projects across the U.S.
Currently, over 90,000 acres have been leased to the project's two footprints. The next stage will be to design preliminary turbine layouts, beginning with the Phillips County portion of the southern footprint, according to NECO Wind.
SOURCE: NECO Wind