T. Boone Pickens Gets Into The Texas Wind: 4,000 Mega-Watts Worth

"Dallas oilman and investor Boone Pickens wants to build the world's largest wind farm in the Texas Panhandle, a project that would put as many as 2,000 turbines on nearly 200,000 acres in four counties. Pickens' Mesa Power presented its plans to about 250 landowners and their representatives Tuesday in Pampa, about 50 miles northeast of Amarillo [Texas, USA]." A project spokesman indicated they were looking at generation capacity in the 2,000 to 4,000 MW range, costing as much as $6 billion. Most important, the project will include "transmission lines to carry the power to the state's main power grid...Mesa is offering landowners $4,500 per turbine upfront and payments for the electricity produced, starting at 4 percent and rising to 5 percent after eight years,...According to the State Energy Conservation Office, Texas has more than 30 wind farms operating or under construction. FPL Energy's 735.5-megawatt Horse Hollow project 20 miles southwest of Abilene is the world's largest." Via::Red Orbit Image credit:: Road To Pampa, Texas Scapes

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