Wind farm construction underway in North Carolina

Posted at 5:23 PM, Apr 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-08 18:25:57-04

Elizabeth City, Nc. - A wind farm in North Carolina has a few more months to go before it goes online. It's the first in the state, right outside of Elizabeth City.

Crews are still at work - building a massive wind farm that will transform Pasquotank and Perquiman’s Counties into renewable energy giants.

“We need affordable reliable electricity in this country,” Paul Copleman, the Communication’s Manager at Iberdrola Renewables, said. “By doing it without any pollution or emissions that a win-win situation what will deliver a lot of long term benefits."

Benefits including 250 temporary construction jobs,  more than $400,000  in tax revenue, and a half million dollars for the land-owners every year.

“It`s going directly to our schools,” Elizabeth City Chamber of Commerce President Kelly Thorsby said. “Our Elizabeth City Police Department and the local police departments and fire departments, which are all things that need a lot of helping the area."

104 wind turbines will stand over 400 feet tall, covering 22,000 acres.

The farm would produce enough energy to power more than 60,000 homes.

But the power isn't going to homes.

It’s going to online sales giant Amazon, powering part of their electrical grid.

Officials expect to start mounting the turbines next month.

But Elizabeth City isn`t the only area where you may see wind farms.

There has been conversation of building turbines off-shore on the Outer Banks including Kitty Hawk.

But a recent study from North Carolina State University found that 4 out of every 5people don't want to see huge turbines off the shore.

“The only thing I can honestly think of is the appearance,” Thorsby said. “I  just think that it`s something different but sometimes change is good."

Construction is expected to be complete in December.