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Area residents ask for local hiring, fix for internet issues from Nobles 2 Wind project

WILMONT -- More than 100 people filled up the Wilmont Community Center on Wednesday night for a presentation on the upcoming Nobles 2 Wind project. Tenaska -- the Omaha-based owners of the wind turbine project -- plans to build anywhere from 65 t...

WILMONT - More than 100 people filled up the Wilmont Community Center on Wednesday night for a presentation on the upcoming Nobles 2 Wind project.

 

Tenaska - the Omaha-based owners of the wind turbine project - plans to build anywhere from 65 to 82 wind turbines throughout a 42,000-acre section of northern Nobles County, generating up to 260 megawatts of renewable energy. Assuming all goes to plan, construction should start in late 2018 or early 2019.

 

The company will invest between $350 million and $400 million into the project, creating an additional $1.1 to $1.3 million in local tax revenue and $1.5 million in lease payments to landowners annually, according to Scott Seier, vice president at Tenaska Capital Management. Seier said the project will create roughly 230 temporary construction jobs and another 15 full-time jobs to maintain the turbines.

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Of only a handful of public comments made at the meeting - staff from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission were in attendance to record them - the majority were from area residents asking that those 230 jobs be made up of local Minnesota workers.

 

For more of this story, see Saturday's print edition and dglobe.com.

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