Foard County – a county of tiny population located about an hour-and-a-half west of Wichita Falls – could one day be the home of North Texas’ newest wind energy development.
Jimmy Horn of Horn Wind LLC said this week that his company has been courting landowners near Crowell, population 905. Though “we’re just getting going” on the project, the prospect of wind turbine installation in Foard County looks promising at the moment, he said.
“We have a lot of interest from landowners and we have a lot of interest in developing. We have a lot of interest on all sides,” said Horn, whose company is developing two potential projects in Clay County near the communities of Bluegrove and Byers.
Those projects are valued at a combined $450 million and are expected to be constructed on more than 11,000 acres of rural ranch and farmland. They also have elicited warnings from activist group Clay County Against Wind Farms, Sheppard Air Force Base and the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce & Industry regarding ramifications the projects could have on the area’s economy.
In Foard County, Horn said he’s completed some initial studies and has held a couple meetings with landowners. His company isn’t “quite ready to move forward” with signing leases and doing more comprehensive development work, he said.
The county, which has a relatively low tax base of $200 million, is primarily a wheat and cattle producer. A large wind development could more than double its tax base – for a short time, at least.
Horn said he wasn’t comfortable releasing specific details about the project until plans become more solidified.
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