Nebraska to Build Wind Farm to Power Facebook Data Center

AP via US News: Utility officials say a new wind farm being built in northeastern Nebraska will provide 200 megawatts of power to a planned Facebook data center.

The Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project will be built between the towns of Allen, Emerson and Wakefield, the Sioux City Journal reported . Demand for power from Facebook helped resurrect the project that had been at a standstill since 2013 after its former owners, Trade Winds, couldn't find buyers for the energy the farm.

More than 100 landowners are involved in the project. The wind farm will distribute $80 million in property tax and landowners payments in its first 20 years.

The Andover, Massachusetts-based Enel Green Power North America Inc. is spending $430 million on the project. The farm will cover 32,000 acres and generate up to 320 megawatts of power, making it the second largest wind farm in the state.

The company has begun surveying and pre-construction work on the project, but full construction won't begin until the spring, said Mark McGrail, Enel's associate vice president of energy management. Turbine delivery is expected to begin in June, he said.  Full Article

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