ANTHRACITE RIDGE WIND – Pennsylvania
THE $300 MILLION, PRIVATELY FUNDED PROJECT WILL GENERATE 175 TO 220 MEGAWATTS OF CLEAN, RENEWABLE ELECTRIC POWER. IT’S ENOUGH TO SERVE 65,000 PENNSYLVANIA HOUSEHOLDS ANNUALLY.
The 12,000-plus acre Anthracite Ridge wind farm site has been used for industrial purposes for generations. Coal mining, quarrying, fly-ash disposal, acid mine drainage remediation, coal refuse-fired power generation and even farming fertilized by composted municipal waste are just some of the industrial activities taking place around the project. The wind farm will boost the tax base of what are now low-use, mined and timbered mountain tops, restoring more of the land as a clean, high-value taxable real estate asset.
Anthracite Ridge will make a significant contribution to Pennsylvania’s renewable energy portfolio, enabling local utilities, commerce and industry to procure power generated in Schuylkill County that would otherwise be generated in neighboring counties. Our project serves as a good incentive for large modern companies, such as data centers and advanced manufacturers, to bring jobs to the County.
“Our wind project will be one of the biggest investments in the area. It will utilize mined-out mountaintops, enabling the mountains to give back once again. The new tax revenue and investments in people and businesses will positively be felt throughout the valley.”
– Nick Cohen, President
DECADES OF PROVEN OPERATION
Tens of thousands of wind turbines, operating hundreds of millions of hours, have been installed across the United States and the world over the past 20 years. These projects have proven to be good neighbors for the communities that host them. The industry is heavily regulated, and no construction can begin without extensive wildlife and environmental studies. Regulatory agencies provide clearance letters only after impacts with mitigations meet legal requirements designed to protect wildlife, the environment and the public health, safety and welfare.
JOBS AND CAPITAL INVESTMENT
Approximately a dozen Pennsylvania-based firms are currently working on the project, with millions of preconstruction dollars invested last year. During the 18-month construction period, expected to begin soon, the project will employ approximately 250 local people. Upwards of $150 million of contracts will be awarded to regionally-based vendors. Once construction is completed, the facility will provide over one dozen high-wage, family-sustaining jobs. It will also rely on dozens of local vendors during its entire operational life.
Clean Energy for Schuylkill County
The wind farm will produce enough energy for 65,000 households annually. A wind farm is a manufacturer of electrons. An electric generator is connected to each wind turbine. The electricity is consumed in the market that it is generated so most of the electrons will end up serving local residents.