Iberdrola Renewables commences construction on 74MW Hardscrabble wind project in New York

Source: Iberdrola Renewables, Inc.

Iberdrola Renewables recently began construction at its newest wind farm project, in Herkimer County, New York. Large wind turbine components arrive almost daily by truck, laying the groundwork for the 74 megawatt (MW) Hardscrabble Wind Power Project in the towns of Fairfield, Norway, and Little Falls. The nearly $200 million wind project, which is expected to complete construction and begin delivering emission-free electricity at the end of the year, is one of seven new wind farms Iberdrola Renewables currently has under construction around the U.S.

The project has already created nearly 200 construction jobs so far, which includes pouring turbine foundations, transporting components, installing electrical systems, and building roads, with the on-site crew increasing now that turbine installation has begun. Once complete, the project will permanently employ a staff of six technicians to operate the site.

In addition to job creation, the Hardscrabble Wind Power Project will make a number of one-time and recurring payments to landowners and local jurisdictions over the life of the project. Annual payments to the jurisdictions, which include the towns of Fairfield, Norway, and Little Falls, the West Canada School District, the City of Little Falls School District and Herkimer County, will total approximately $592,000, and escalate with inflation. Annual lease payments to participating landowners are projected to average $650,000 a year for the life of the project.

Hardscrabble will feature 37 American-made Gamesa wind turbines which will stand on 100-meter towers. The tower sections are manufactured in Wisconsin, while the rest of the turbine -- the blades, nacelle, and hub -- is manufactured in Pennsylvania. When complete, the project will produce enough electricity to power over 25,000 typical New York homes each year. The clean, renewable energy produced at Hardscrabble will have a pollution-offset equal to removing an estimated 26,000 cars from the road.

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