A wind farm is about to go up in southeastern Nebraska, literally.
Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources says it soon will erect the massive wind turbines for the $138 million Steele Flats project in southern Gage and Jefferson Counties.
Company spokesman Steven Stengel says the wind farm should be operational in December.
“If you went out to the site, we’d have somewhere in the neighborhood of 90 construction workers out there,” Stengel tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KWBE. “Obviously that number ebbs and flows based on the actual work that’s being conducted on any given day.”
NextEra chose Blattner Energy as its main contractor. Stengel says though Blattner is from Minnesota, the project is having a big impact on the local economy.
“We think somewhere between 50-to-60% of the workforce is local,” Stengel says.
The wind farm will be powered by 44 turbines. It broke ground in June and hopes to be operational by December.
The wind farm will be able to produce enough electricity to power 19,000 homes. The project will be connected to the Nebraska Public Power District substation at Steele City.
Doug Kennedy, KWBE, contributed to this article.