Wind Farms Help County

WIND TURBINE

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AUSTIN, MN — Southern Minnesotans will soon be noticing more wind turbines.

Renewable Energy Systems Americas Incorporated, along with Xcel Energy, will be constructing a 200 megawatt wind farm near Austin.

It will be right next to the Grand Meadow wind project also owned by Xcel Energy.

Officials say this helps ease the tax burdens on the folks in Mower County.

“They’ve been a great benefit,” Mower County Coordinator Craig Oscarson. “Currently, in this year’s budget, we’re expected to receive 1.2 million dollars and the townships that have wind turbines in them also receive what they call a wind generation tax.”

The companies plan to break ground on the new wind farm in mid-2014 with completion expected to be by the end of 2015.

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