Matt Giblin works for the company, Invenergy, and is manager for the Horse Lake Wind project proposed 20 miles north of Susanville near Fredonyer peak. He says if he has his way the complicated federal, state and local permitting processes will be complete in 12 to 18 months. Then they’ll begin construction of 67 towers, each standing 250 feet tall at the blade hub. Such a plant would generate 100 megawatts of power, or enough electricity to supply 30 thousand homes. But Mr. Giblin says the project means more than just clean energy for the grid, but a stable, long term supply of money for the community.
Giblin: The project is a 250 million dollar investment in a clean, renewable, high tech, new technology that will function in Lassen County for 30 to 40 years so at Invenergy, we own and operate these projects, we don’t just build them and leave, so Invenergy is making a commitment to the Susanville and Lassen County area for that timeline
The initial construction project would hire as many as 200 skilled laborers, with the goal of aquiring 2 thirds of the work force from the region. The company estimates it will pay the county some 50 million dollars in tax over the 30 year life of the plant. No timeline has been set for public hearings.
By Brian Bahouth
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