RIBBON CUTTING HELD FOR WIND FARM PROJECT

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last Friday to inaugurate Black Rock, a wind farm that spans Grant and Mineral Counties. Black Rock is under contract with Toyota Motor North America and AEP Energy partners, in a long term power purchase agreement. There are 23 state-of-the-art wind turbines that will generate enough electricity to power 55,000 homes every year. It also created more than 200 union jobs during construction and nearly a dozen jobs in ongoing operations. It will also contribute $12 million in property taxes and $9 million in business and occupancy taxes over the life of the project.