North Carolina's First Wind Farm

12-wind-farm-media-event-ground-breaking-elizabeth-city-north-carolina-first-dig-slide

Spanning farm fields in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties, the Amazon Wind Farm US East, operated by Iberdrola Renewables at Desert Wind, is the first utility-scale wind farm in North Carolina and one of the first in the southeastern United States. The first phase, a 208 megawatt (MW) project, will feature 104 wind turbines. The facility, if fully built out, could deploy 150 wind turbines that would generate 300 MW of power at full capacity and provide millions of dollars in tax and landowner revenue for decades.

In addition to generating wind energy, the project will generate tax dollars for Pasquotank and Perquimans counties. The total of tax revenues and payments to landowners for the first phase of the project will inject more than $1.1 million into the local economy each year. About 250 construction jobs will support the 18-month building period, and 10 permanent jobs will be based at the wind farm when it is in full operation, anticipated during the fourth quarter of 2016.

Overview

Amazon Wind Farm US East, a private wind energy electric power generation facility, is the first utility-scale wind farm in North Carolina, and the first large scale wind energy facility in the southeastern U.S. * 
*West Virginia has projects, and Tennessee has one project with 19 turbines

The wind farm is located in Perquimans and Pasquotank Counties, in a rural section of northeastern North Carolina near Elizabeth City and Hertford, on approximately 22,000 acres leased from more than 60 local landowners. 

The first phase, a 208 MW project that will feature 104 wind turbines, and make enough energy to power about 60,000 typical American homes.

If fully built out, the wind farm could deploy 150 wind turbines that would generate 300 megawatts (MW) of power at full capacity. 

The project represents roughly a $400 million dollar private investment by Iberdrola Renewables.

Technology

Turbines will be 2.0 MW Gamesa G114 models

  • 114 meter rotor diameter = 374 feet
  • 55.5 meter blade = 182 feet
  • 93 meter tower = 305 feet
  • With a blade pointing straight up, total height is 492 feet
  • Turbine delivery and erection is scheduled for next year

Economic Benefits

TAXES:  Iberdrola Renewables will pay $520K in the first year and this amount increases each year.

LANDOWNERS PAYMENTS:  In aggregate, Iberdrola Renewables will pay $624K/year on our standard turbine leases and this amount increases each year.

The total of landowner payments and taxes for this phase of the project will inject more than $1.1 million/year into the local economy each year

Jobs

CONSTRUCTION JOBS:  Approximately 250 construction jobs over the approximately 18 month construction period. There will many opportunities for local and North Carolina-based workers and companies. Projects like this often involve specialized technical labor when it comes to turbine assembly and erection, but a wide range of work is typically sourced in-state and locally, from gravel and concrete to equipment operators, electricians, and hospitality services.

PERMANENT JOBS:  Approximately 10 on-site jobs in operations and maintenance of the facility. Iberdrola Renewables plans to own and operate the facility long-term.

Customer

Amazon Web Services, Inc., an Amazon.com company, has teamed up with Iberdrola Renewables to support the construction and operation of the 208 MW first phase of the wind farm.