at Amazon Wind Farm US East
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The Amazon Wind Farm US East is an exciting development in rural northeastern North Carolina. Since the project’s Summer 2015 groundbreaking, it has provided the region an economic boost. Local companies have benefitted tremendously from the project. In addition, the project’s first phase will provide $1.1 million in annual tax revenues and payments to the area’s 60 landowners. As one point of comparison, in Perquimans County, Avangrid Renewables will pay nearly three times more in taxes to the county than the second largest taxpayer, Dominion Power. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
The project will employ approximately 250 workers over the roughly
18-month construction period. These individuals will be living in the community, paying rent, eating out, and shopping.
Already, local companies from hardware stores to equipment rentals to gravel companies to engineers are hard at work supplying materials and services to the construction effort.
The wind farm provides farmers and landowners with a steady and predictable source of income. With revenue of $6,000 per turbine/per year, residents in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties that take advantage of this opportunity can significantly increase their annual income.
With an average median income of $44,881, landowners with 2 turbines will increase their annual income by over 20% each year.
The completed wind farm will require more than a dozen jobs in operations and maintenance at the facility. Each of these positions has an average annual salary of $80,000.
For more details about the Amazon Wind Farm US East,
please visit www.sewind.org