How great is it when one good thing creates a bunch of other good things? According to national averages provided by the American Wind Energy Association, the 201-megawatt Nobles Wind Farm in southeastern Minnesota created approximately:
• 200 construction jobs
• 13 long-term operation and maintenance jobs
• 400 manufacturing jobs
• Approximately $600,000 in annual farmer/landowner revenue
And that’s just one wind farm. Others are already completed, and more are in various stages of construction.
090408-A-2192H-001 GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (April 8, 2009) – The wind turbines at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay reduce fuel consumption by 650,000 gallons annually. The wind turbines are located on John Paul Jones Hill, providing energy for the naval station and Joint Task Force Guantanamo. JTF Guantanamo conducts safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detainees, including those convicted by military commission and those ordered released. The JTF conducts intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination for the protection of detainees and personnel working in JTF Guantanamo facilities and in support of the Global War on Terror. JTF Guantanamo provides support to the Office of Military Commissions, to law enforcement and to war crimes investigations. The JTF conducts planning for and, on order, responds to Caribbean mass migration operations. (JTF Guantanamo photo by Army Staff Sgt. Blair Heusdens) UNCLASSIFIED – Cleared for public release. For additional information contact JTF Guantanamo PAO 011-5399-3589; DSN 660-3589 http://www.jtfgtmo.southcom.mil
During our country’s current economic challenges, figures like that provide some good news, but they tend to get overlooked among the bad news. I guarantee you those 613 people and the wind farm landowners (mostly farmers) aren’t overlooking them.