Helena Wind Farm

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Support the project

Located in Bee County, Texas, the approximately 250 megawatt (MWAC) Helena Wind Farm will have the capability to power an estimated 90,000 homes over the course of a year and help meet the energy needs of Texas with reliable and flexible wind-powered electricity.

Ørsted has invested more than $1.3 billion in five wind energy projects in operation across the State of Texas. With nearly ten years of experience through our development team in Austin, Ørsted has a reputation for being a good community partner. The project has the potential to be a long-term asset for Ørsted and the Bee County community.

The project will generate tens of millions in tax revenue that enhance County and School services without raising taxes. You can show your support for wind energy in Bee County by simply adding your name to our community letter.

Sign a letter of support

Name: Helena Wind Farm
Location: Bee County, Texas
Capacity: 250 MWac
Annual Production:

Enough to power 90,000 homes

Owner & Developer: Ørsted Onshore North America
Interconnection via: American Electric Power

Jobs created during construction:

200-300

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Community and Property Value Impact

Throughout Texas, wind energy projects are transforming rural economies, which enhances the quality of life and opportunities in a community. Ørsted is not only committed to being good stewards of the land, but also to the environment in which our neighbors live, work and raise a family.

A wind energy investment has no significant long-term adverse impact to local property values, and can actually increase value, according to the most recent (2019) survey of wind farm impacts compiled by the Texas A&M University Real Estate Center.

Winds' Impact on Wildlife

As part of project development, a full suite of environmental studies will be performed to identify any potential environmental impacts from the project. These studies will impact the layout and design of the project as to minimize and mitigate any potential environmental impacts. Wind is responsible for less than 0.01 percent (1 in 10,000) of all human related bird deaths. By comparison, domestic cats, per data from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Audubon Society, are responsible for over 70% of all human related bird deaths.

Ørsted is a partner of the American Wind Wildlife Institute.

Farmers and ranchers nationwide who lease their land for wind turbines receive more than $250 million annually in stable income from the developments

-American Wind Energy Association

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Benefits of partnering with Ørsted


Landowner & Community Benefits

Participating landowners will receive long-term, consistent income from the project that does not impact other sources of income from their land.

In addition, Bee County, Pawnee School District, and Coastal Bend College stand to receive tens of millions in new tax revenue during the 30-year lifespan of the project. This is stable revenue that county officials and school districts can count on as soon as the project becomes operational in 2022.

The Highest Standards for Health, Safety, and Maintenance

Ørsted’s experience operating renewable energy facilities throughout the United States ensures that policies and procedures are in place to deliver a safe and effective project. Ørsted is committed to the highest quality standards of project construction, maintenance, and operation. This starts with the first steps of development and lasts until the project is decommissioned.

Examples:

  • Procurement of wind turbines from Tier 1 manufacturers that adhere to the highest quality standards
  • Local procurement of materials and local hiring, when possible
  • Regular deployment of Operation & Maintenance staff to ensure site safety and peak performance
  • 24/7 system monitoring to track performance and proactively detect any issues

Ørsted is dedicated to operating a wind energy project that creates long-term value for the land and long-term benefits for the community. Operations & maintenance teams are deployed regularly to guarantee site safety and peak performance. The company is committed to a safe and efficient construction process and conducts thorough analyses to ensure the impacts on the community, wildlife, and land are minimal for our neighbors in Bee County.

Good Neighbors

Ørsted listens to the community and is committed to being a good neighbor. We analyze the potential traffic, economic, and environmental impacts during development. Throughout the construction and operation of the project, Ørsted will hold regular meetings with Bee County officials so that a direct line of communication is maintained. We are also available to meet with neighbors to address any concerns.

Land Restoration

Texas law governing wind farm leases specify termination rights and restoration. Upon termination or project completion, Ørsted will remove facilities down to 3 feet below grade.

 

- What does Bee County think?

Ørsted contacted Bee County residents via phone surveys and asked how they felt about a wind energy investment in their area. The results (shown across two independent surveys) reported a 2:1 ratio of supporters in favor of locating a wind farm project in the County. The project will generate new property tax revenue to support local schools and county services.


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Why Wind?

Wind energy is thriving across the country; more than 1.3 million American homes are now located within five miles of a turbine. Already, Texas leads the nation, generating nearly $300 million in tax and lease investments every year and supporting 25,000 wind-related jobs across the state. Farmers and ranchers nationwide who lease their land for wind development receive more than $250 million annually in stable income.

A Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory study found no evidence that the presence of wind facilities impacted home values. The study was based on 50,000 home sales near 67 wind facilities in 9 states.

Ørsted is committed to ensuring that Bee County residents have all the information they need as development moves forward. Local landowners can optimize the economic potential of their property by generating income for their families and benefit from clean and affordable electricity.

 

Local Partners

Bee County
Helena Wind is a member of the Bee County Chamber of Commerce
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About Ørsted

 

Ørsted is a global renewable energy company with operations in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America. Publicly traded since 2016 and headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted develops, constructs, owns and operates offshore and onshore utility-scale wind farms, solar, energy storage facilities and bioenergy plants and provides energy products to its customers. In the United States, Ørsted’s renewable energy portfolio spans technologies and geographies with onshore wind, offshore wind, solar and storage in operation or construction across Texas, the Midwest and Northeast markets. Of Ørsted’s 8GW of global installed capacity, we have 1.3GW of onshore wind in the US with a further 0.8GW under construction. In addition, we have 460MWAC of solar PV and battery storage under construction. By 2025 we aim to have at least 5GW operational onshore capacity across the country. Ørsted has the ambition to be a global green energy major in the rapidly expanding renewable energy market with 30 gigawatts of installed capacity by 2030, enough to power the lives of more than 55 million people.

For more information on Ørsted, visit orsted.com or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.

 

- Sign a Letter of Support

 
The leaders of Bee County will be responsible for making decisions about the future of wind energy in this area. You can register your support for renewable energy, and the long-term economic benefits it brings to your community, by signing a letter of support for the project. We are submitting a request to the Board of Trustees to support the project by offering an incentive to build the Helena Wind Farm. This incentive will help us build the project within the boundaries of the Pawnee ISD and not elsewhere in the Coastal Bend Region.

I am a Bee County Resident and I support the Helena Wind Farm.