24 Aug '11, 6pm

Building a Community Wind Project: A Landowner's Perspective

Building a Community Wind Project: A Landowner's Perspective

We’ve had a long-term interest in wind energy. We attended our very first American Wind Energy conference in 1982, and since then it has been our dream to be involved in wind energy. We live about three hours north of Sweetwater, TX, where turbines have been installed. But while we probably have a better wind resource, the majority of turbines were built in Sweetwater because we didn’t have adequate transmission infrastructure. Then in 2008, the Texas legislature allocated $4.93 billion for renewable energy development, and I realized that the time was right. I visited several of the bigger wind energy companies and spoke with folks who’d developed some of the wind farms in Sweetwater. They said they were interested in leasing some of our land to put up their own turbines. Some people like the idea of leasing – the thought of a big wind company paying a steady rent for 20-...

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