TUSCOLA – On Aug. 29, EDP Renewables held an open house for local businesses to learn about their proposed wind farm. Approximately 50 local businesses attended the event and provided information on their capabilities to assist with the project. The wind farm is being proposed in northeastern Douglas County, north of Newman.
“Building a wind farm can have far reaching benefits for the local community,” stated Amy Kurt, Project Manager with EDP Renewables. “We were so pleased to connect with so many capable local businesses that are interested in the proposed wind farm.”
A wide variety of businesses attended the meeting including concrete and gravel supply and delivery, excavation and restoration, general laborers, accommodations, and other support services for the construction offices.
The wind farm will create up to 250 full-time equivalent jobs during construction, as well as 8-10 permanent jobs to operate and maintain the wind farm once it is in operation. Once operational, the project will pay approximately $2 million in local property taxes each year, which will benefit local schools and other public services.
EDP Renewables North America LLC (EDPR NA) and its subsidiaries develop, construct, own, and operate wind farms and solar parks throughout North America. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, with 45 wind farms, five solar parks, and 13 regional development offices across North America, EDPR NA has developed more than 6,200 megawatts (MW) and operates more than 5,600 MW of renewable energy projects.
For more information on the wind farm proposed in Douglas County, visit http://broadlandswindfarm.co, or the local office at 124 S. Broadway, Newman Illinois, or call 1-800-970-6841.
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