Wind Turbines in Willacy County
In rural Willacy county it's farm land and these large wind turbines. Two companies Duke energy and E.0N are putting up more than 300 of these wind turbines to create energy. Milton Howard is vice president of wind development for Duke Energy. They are currently working on putting up their wind turbines. So far there are just a few up, but when they finish they will have more than 100.
"171 towers 87 Siemens units and 84 Mitsubishi units."
Duke energy says when the project is complete these wind turbines will be 400 mega watts and they have enough power to serve 280,000 homes in south Texas. Construction is currently underway and they have several hundred people working.
"At peak construction we will have about 400 employees right now its about 350, so it will go between 350-400."
Willacy county judge John Gonzalez says he could not be happier with how this project is helping the county's economy.
"Staying here and adding to our restaurants and to our hotels and that has add to our economy. They are buying as much locally, our local lumber company, our local HEB, and local Walmart also doing well."
The other company E.ON is building wind turbines close to Duke energy.
"150-160 turbines in the area."
"These wind turbines stand very tall more than 300 feet producing energy."
"They are about six months ahead of Duke energy but they did start earlier they are on the tail end and will be wrapping things up in about 2-3 months."
Although many are on board with the wind turbines Willacy county resident of 35 years Lynn Wright has a different opinion.
"I didn't count on my remaining years of retirement having to look at and hear wind turbines."
This what the view likes from her backyard.
"When we purchased this property we were out in the country now I have some unwanted neighbors but it is what it is and just have to make the best of it."
As for Duke Energy's project they hope to finish of construction of their 171 wind turbines and have them up and running by the end of the year.