By Jerry Guenther, Norfolk Daily News
Philip Clement, project director for renewable development at NextEra, said his company will look toward Wayne State and Northeast Community College for employees to be trained in the industry. “That’s the goal, hopefully to develop the skill set in the local areas so we can hire these people to work at the wind farm and keep the people in Wayne,” Clement said. He said the economic benefits include that almost $600,000 in property tax revenues will be generated annually to Wayne County, making it the largest taxpaying entity in the county. The project is estimated to be in operation for about 30 years.
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Photo: Dr. Chuck Parker, a Wayne State College professor of economic development, serves as moderator and explains the ground rules for a public meeting Wednesday evening at the Wayne Fire Hall. Before the meeting ended, nearly all 150 chairs were filled along with some people standing. Credit: Norfolk Daily News / Jerry Guenther
- OPPD’s winds of change, OPPD Blog, The Wire
- Wind power will generate 40 percent of OPPD’s electricity by end of 2019, Omaha World-Herald
The Sholes Wind Energy Center in Wayne County will mark OPPD’s first contract with NextEra, which is also working on a 90-megawatt project in Webster County in southern Nebraska.
- NextEra’s wind energy capacity in Nebraska will more than triple with new projects, Omaha World-Herald
- Wind Energy Generation in Nebraska, Nebraska Energy Office