Helena Wind Farm

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About the project

Our nation is in the midst of an energy transformation and Texas is leading the charge. Bee County has an opportunity not only to participate in this energy revolution, but to reap the economic benefits.

Located across 20,000 acres in northern Bee County, the 250 MW Helena Wind Project will have the capacity to generate enough electricity to supply an estimated 90,000 homes each year. Project wind turbines will be sited on private land; because the towers take up less than 1% of the total land area, ranchers and farmers can continue their operations.

The Helena Wind project expands upon roughly 1,000 megawatts of wind projects developed by Ørsted across Texas. Ørsted is one of the world’s largest energy companies and has proven financial strength and access to resources for development of projects.

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

Enough to power 90,000 homes

Owner & Developer: Ørsted
Interconnection via: American Electric Power

Jobs created during construction:

Approximately 250 
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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.

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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, Pettus School District, 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.

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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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 1GW of onshore wind in the US with a further 670MW 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.

 

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