Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Area meteorological towers measure near 20 mile an hour winds in south Sumner County, and those winds may mean extra money.
EDF Renewable Energy is working to build a wind farm.
The company will start construction once there's a buyer for the power.
Construction would bring 200 jobs for six to nine months during construction. They hope to start and finish building 75 windmills in 2014.
After those windmills are built, eight to ten jobs will be needed to perform maintenance on the turbines.
EDF Renewable Energy will be renting from land owners and paying taxes to the county. They will also make a donation to the local school district.
The Sumner County Commission fully supports a future wind farm.
"It's been said this part of America is the Saudi Arabia of wind," said commissioner Steve Warner. "We ought to take advantage of harvesting it."
The farm would stretch for thousands of acres south of Highway 160.
The area is desirable to the energy company because there are few environmental challenges and it's near power transmission sites.