05/17/11 A representative from NextEra Energy Resources, a Fortune 200 company based out of Juno Beach, FL, told the Marshall County Commissioners that they are in the early stages of developing a project in Marshall and Fulton Counties.
Paul Dockery said the project they are working on would be 40 to 70 wind turbines with two-thirds being in Union and Green Townships in Marshall County. He said their investment would be $180 million and that in the first 30 years they project paying $20 million in property taxes and another $20 million in land leases. The company owns and operates the projects and estimate hiring 8 full time technicians or operation managers for this particular project.
Dockery said, “A recent survey showed over 77% of the county supports the development although additional education is needed.”
Nine months ago NextEra Energy installed meteorological towers in preparation for the wind farm and has been in contact with several land owners.
The public will have an opportunity to find out more about the project by during an open house on June 8th that will be held in the Argos High School gym. The open house will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.