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New wind farm heading to Carson and Armstrong Counties may lower taxes

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A new wind farm in both Carson and Armstrong counties has the potential of lowering taxes for people in that area.

One of the latest wind farm project, being built in the panhandle is being developed by a company based near Boston, called First Wind.

Developers recently bought around 20,000 acres of land split between both counties.

Company representatives told us the project may use up to 100 turbines and has the potential capacity of 200 megawatts, which when used at full capacity, has the ability of powering around 70,000 houses. We're also told construction costs may be between 200 to 300 million dollars.

"It's a medium size project for Texas these days, but our projects are getting bigger and bigger every time, said David Carr, the Associate Director of the West Texas A&M University, Alternative Energy Institute.

But, energy isn't the only benefit the project is bringing to Carson County.

"To me it's a sign of progress," said Carson County Judge, Lewis Powers. "It's a tremendous asset because every one eventually is going to be a participant in the lower taxes," he added.

The tax revenue generated by the wind farm has the potential of helping out the area.

"We built a new jail two year ago and we spent about 7 and a half million dollars to build that new jail. Hopefully a lot of this revenue can be set aside and we can pay our jail debt off early," Powers said.

He also told us some of the revenue will be used by the schools within the Carson County School District.

Colleen Nelson - NewsChannel 10

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    Colleen joined NewsChannel 10 in April 2013. She comes to KFDA from Connecticut, where she was born, raised, and graduated from Quinnipiac University with magnum cum laude honors and a degree in Broadcast Journalism. 
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