New York state is home to 27 operating wind farms. Wind farms bring a variety of different benefits to the towns, schools and counties in which they are located, including jobs, income to landowners, significant tax revenue. Additionally, the contribute to reducing harmful pollutants in the air so we can all breath easier. Here is a look at some of the other benefits they have brought to the state:
- Wind powers 365,000 homes each year
- Wind provides approximately 2,000 jobs in New York, some of which are at the nine wind manufacturing facilities.
- Wind helped keep air cleaner in New York last year by avoiding the equivalent of 365,000 car emissions.
After construction is complete, there will be up to 13 full-time jobs available for operations and maintenance. The fastest growing job in America is wind turbine technician, and typically these technicians are hired from the local communities. It is a two-year program available at several community colleges in upstate New York. Most students have an offer ready when they graduate.
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The economic benefits don't end after construction; they last for the life of the project. Just like annual property taxes, wind turbines contribute tax revenue as well. This creates reliable, steady revenue for the town, school and county. This money allows the the taxing jurisdictions to use this revenue from their wind project where it's most needed like road improvements, supporting emergency services, buying new equipment, or even buying new turf for the high school football field.
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The wind project also benefits the farmers and landowners. The landowners receive yearly land lease payments they can count on for the life of the project. Farmers can rely on this stable revenue as a "crop" that is drought-and flood-resistant, giving them less to worry about and peace of mind that they can keep the farm in the family.