South Getting First Big Wind Farm

South Getting First Big Wind Farm

5:17am Jul 13, 2015
A wind farm in Indiana
David Joyce via Flickr

The idea of a commercial scale wind farm in the South is not just a lot of hot air. A Spanish firm, Iberdrola Renewables, has found a buyer for its power and is ready to build in coastal Carolina.

Iberdrola has found a utility company to buy the power generated by a 22,000-acre project being built on a vast tract of farmland near Elizabeth City.

Lack of a buyer had been a key obstacle in getting the $600 million Desert Wind project built. It will be the first large onshore wind farm in a region with light, fluctuating winds. Those type of winds have long been considered a dead zone for wind power.

Iberdrola spokesperson Paul Copleman says construction will begin in about a month after years of seeking approval from regulators.


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