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Published November 18, 2009, 08:12 PM

Work Winding Down On Wind Farm North Of Rugby

If you've been up near Rugby, North Dakota lately you probably noticed the wind turbines north of town. Work on that wind farm is almost done.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

If you've been up near Rugby, North Dakota lately you probably noticed the wind turbines north of town. Work on that wind farm is almost done. There are 71 turbines in all. The wind farm is capable of generating 149 megawatts of power.

The horizon north of the city of Rugby is now home to an Iberdrola Renewables windfarm, capable of powering 11 thousand homes. Because of this, there are more opportunities on the horizon for the city.

Brenda Foster: "The long term impact is going to be in the property taxes collected and the lease payments that the land owners will get."

That could be an additional half million dollars in property taxes for Pierce County. The 300 workers who built the wind farm also helped build up the local economy. And there will be up to 10 full-time employees for the first 5 years.

Brenda Foster: "Then they'll be transferred over to Iberdrola, then they will have 10 to 12 people that will be working out there."

Right now about three quarters of these turbines are up and running. The wind farm should be finished and online in mid-December. Each of the turbine towers is about 300 feet tall. The blades are about 140 feet long.

Brenda Foster: "The towers they're using are not the typical towers that you've seen around the state of North Dakota. It's actually [made by] a company called Suzlon."

Missouri River Energy Services will be buying the electricity, which will be used mainly in South Dakota.

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