Lenexa, Kan.-based developer TradeWind Energy and Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) have entered into a long-term renewable energy purchase agreement that will bring economic development and new jobs to Kiowa and Washita counties in Oklahoma.
The Rocky Ridge Wind Project will deliver electricity to WFEC member customers in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and New Mexico.
WFEC is a generation and transmission cooperative that provides electric service to 23 member cooperatives.
The 125 MW project will consist of about 75 wind turbines to be constructed across 11,000 acres of leased land in the two counties.
Construction is expected to begin within six months, with commercial operation anticipated by January 2012. Approximately 150 workers will be hired during the construction phase. Upon completion, nine to 10 full-time workers will be employed to monitor and maintain the facility, which will produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of 40,000 homes.
The project is expected to contribute more than $3 million annually in direct payments to the local community via property taxes and rent payments to approximately 100 landowners whose properties will host the turbines or easements.
SOURCE: TradeWind Energy