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First News Winter 2009

Harnessing the Wind
 

   Wind is nothing new to residents of Southern Colorado and yet, while never considered a resource, always a burden, Huerfano County’s windswept land is soon to be the site for Pole Canyon Wind, a commercial wind farm. Gary Energetics, a Samuel Gary, Jr. & Associates, Inc. energy company based in Denver, Colorado, started the initial process of contacting landowners in early 2007. As an alternative energy company, Gary Energetics is focused on developing diversified energy resources in order to provide long-term solutions for future generations. With the construction of the Pole Canyon Wind Farm, Gary Energetics is one step closer to achieving its goal.

   The process of building a wind farm requires immense planning and detail, from the first landowner contacted to the last turbine installed. Gary Energetics has partnered with Babcock & Brown Wind Partners, Inc., one of the leading global companies in the wind energy business today, to ensure successful construction and operation of the Pole Canyon Wind Farm. To date, there are seven 200-ft. meteorological testing towers in place on the site. These towers monitor and record wind speeds and direction, providing valuable information for the sitting of the turbines. With over 25,000 acres leased for the project and all necessary permits granted for the construction of the wind farm, Gary Energetics is confident in the success of the project. The proposed generation of the wind farm is 300MW (megawatt) and will consist of approximately 125, 2.4 Mitsubishi turbines. A wind farm of such capacity can power roughly 80,000 homes.


Photo courtesy Gary Energetics

   The benefits of wind farms are numerous. Not only will the project provide $1.2 million in additional tax revenue to Huerfano County, it will also create over 200 temporary construction jobs and 20 permanent jobs once operational. The turbines are emission-free, protecting the environment from pollution caused by greenhouse gases. A turbine can be placed on less than an acre and allows the farmer or rancher to continue using the ground up to the base of the turbine. Environmental impacts are limited with wildlife activity typically returning to normal after construction. Through extensive research and study, wildlife impacts are mitigated by identifying areas of migration and habitat. Wind farms are a way for people to receive the electricity and power they need while preserving and protecting the earth in which we live. With the support of residents and officials from Huerfano and Pueblo Counties, Gary Energetics, along with Babcock & Brown, are excited to expand Colorado’s renewable energy production through the Pole Canyon Wind Farm. For more information about Pole Canyon Wind and Gary Energetics, visit www.samgaryjr.com.

Newsletter photography by Michael Babnick Photography

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