11 Sep '12, 2pm

NRDC REPORTS: Typical Wind Farm Supports Nearly 1,100 Jobs; Adds Millions of Dollars to Local Communities

WASHINGTON (September 11, 2012) – Each major wind farm in America creates nearly 1,100 jobs and can add tens of millions of dollars in new taxes and other benefits to the communities where they’re located, according to two new reports from the Natural Resources Defense Council. A new 250-megawatt wind farm will create 1,079 jobs throughout the many steps of building that wind farm, according to the NRDC report “American Wind Farms: Breaking Down the Benefits from Planning to Production.” These are positions in manufacturing, construction engineering and management, among other areas. But the benefits don’t end there, a separate NRDC study on the secondary impacts of the wind energy industry shows. Wind farms also are helping revitalize communities across the country by generating new taxes, lease payments to landowners and economic development revenues, in addition to crea...

Full article: http://www.nrdc.org/media/2012/120911.asp

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