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N.C. wind farm goes live despite legislators' claims it's a national security threat

Lucas Mearian | Feb. 10, 2017
Amazon is buying the electricity from the new wind farm to power its Virginia data centers

The 18-month construction project put more than 30 North Carolina-based companies to work, at one point employed more than 500 workers and resulted in more than $18 million spent locally by Avangrid Renewables. The total of landowner payments and taxes will begin injecting more than $1.1 million into the local economy each year, the company said.

wind farm north carolina Avangrid Renewables

The massive base of one 50-story-tall wind turbine contructed by Avangrid Renewables in North Carolina.

“Farms have been growing corn, soybeans, and wheat for a long time here, and the wind farm revenue means a lot of families are protected from pricing swings, floods or droughts going forward,” said Horace Pritchard, one of nearly 60 North Carolina landowners associated with the project. “We’re just adding another locally-grown crop to our fields, with very little ground taken out of production, and the improved roads really help with access, so it’s a great fit here.”


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