Iberdrola seeks permit for N.C. wind farm
By Christina Williams
Editor, Sustainable Business Oregon
Iberdrola Renewables Inc. filed an application Thursday with the North Carolina Utilities Commission to build a utility-scale wind farm in northeastern North Carolina.
If built, the 300-megawatt wind farm would generate enough electricity to power about 60,000 homes in the region.
Portland-based Iberdrola has been laying the groundwork for the Desert Wind Power Project since 2009 and has support of North Carolina politicians. The permit application is the first step in the regulatory process. If all goes well, construction could start as early as later this year.
Iberdrola projects that the wind farm's construction would create 400 jobs and that local landowners would collect close to $1 million per year in payments for the life of the project.
Iberdrola has 4,600 megwatts of installed wind capacity in the United States. Its wind energy control center is located in Portland.
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