The more than $1 million, 75-megawatt wind farm is being erected by the Lincoln Renewable Energy company, which is based in Chicago.
Construction will be directed from the company’s regional office in Austin.
Lincoln Renewable has similar projects underway in California and Colorado; it also has projects in Europe and is responsible for generating 3,000 megawatts in the last decade with wind turbines and solar farms.
The local site is in the extreme south of the county, roughly where Bee, Live Oak and San Patricio counties meet.
The company plans more than 40 turbines; around eight are planned for Bee County.
Silva says the Austin company is obtaining sites for the towers using 25-year leases, along with analyzing wind and avian data.
Construction is expected to begin in early 2014 with completion in six to nine months, according to development manager Will Furgeson.
The planned wind farm — known internally by the company as “Windwood” — is only the first phase of a more extensive facility, Furgeson says.
Silva is understandably enthusiastic, citing economic benefits not only to landowners who lease the sites but to the county and school districts as well.
“It also opens up career paths,” he says. “Right now, Del Mar College in Corpus Christi is offering courses on wind farm maintenance; CBC could do that as well.”
Bill Clough is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 122, or at beepic@mySouTex.com.