Neosho Ridge WIND PROJECT PROFILE
Apex Clean Energy and Steelhead (Vestas’ development arm in North America) have partnered with Liberty Utilities–Empire District to develop and construct Neosho Ridge Wind. We are excited to be a part of your community.
- Project size: About 300 MW
- Enough energy to power up to 75,250 U.S. homes
- Existing high-voltage power lines and highways would limit the need for new infrastructure
- About 139 modern, slow-spinning wind turbines
- Power will be delivered into the Kansas electrical grid
Over the life of the project, Neosho County will receive millions of dollars in tax revenue. Specifically:
- Neosho County will receive up to $1 million each year during the first ten years of project operations
- After the first ten years, Neosho County will up to $3.8 million annually for the remainder of the project lifetime
- Neosho County Community College will receive approximately $12.8 million
- Erie CUSD #101 will receive up to $25.9 million
- Hundreds of jobs and significant local spending during construction
- Approximately 8 long-term, full-time jobs created for operations and maintenance
WHY neosho COUNTY?
Neosho Ridge Wind represents a significant private investment in Neosho County, and it will boost the local economy in the near term with construction jobs and local purchasing of materials and services. In the long term, the project promises to bring sustained tax revenue to the county for the local government and schools, as well as 30 years of local purchasing, employment, and investment.
The project site was selected after a thorough examination of many candidate sites within Kansas for the following reasons:
- Verified wind resource
- Existing high-voltage power lines
- Expansive private land
- Proximity to state highways
WIND ENERGY FOR RURAL AMERICA
The cost of wind energy has dropped more than 50% over the past five years, providing a cost-competitive source for clean electricity across the nation. Wind powers the equivalent of 26 million American homes each year.* Wind energy comes with many benefits, including reduced pollution, increased domestic employment, consumer cost savings, water conservation, nationwide availability, and increased community revenues.** Wind turbines compliment working farms, because they allow for existing agricultural operations to continue around them. They also help farmers by diversifying the rural economy and providing a consistent, drought-resistant new harvest.
*AWEA, Wind Energy Facts at a Glance, 2019
**Department of Energy, Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States, 2015