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WORTHINGTON — Tenaska, an Omaha, Neb.-based energy company, is considering Nobles County for the development of a 100- to 200-megawatt solar project.

Mike Roth, Tenaska’s director of strategic development and acquisitions, said the company is in the early stages of assessing the feasibility of a solar project in Nobles County and the surrounding area.

“We are just starting to reach out to landowners about their potential involvement in the project,” Roth said.

The company, which is also working with the Nobles 2 Wind project under development in Nobles County, looks to install photovoltaic solar panels on between 650 and 1,400 acres of land.

Landowners are now being contacted regarding initial cooperation agreements that would allow Tenaska to continue to evaluate the feasibility of a solar project. Land would ultimately be leased by the company for the project.

According to a letter addressed to local landowners, Tenaska’s plans for a 100- to 200-megawatt solar project would carry an estimated construction cost of $100 to $250 million, create roughly 500 jobs during the 12- to 18-month construction period and five to six full-time jobs during operation.

Tenaska, founded in 1987, is an independent energy company with offices and plant locations across the U.S. and Canada. The privately owned company has developed 10,000 megawatts and financed more than $10 billion in natural gas-fueled and renewable power generation.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at The Farm Bleat

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