The Bluff Point Wind Energy Center features 57 pivoting GE wind turbines. Together, they have a generating capacity of nearly 120 MW. Affiliates of NextEra Energy Resources built and will own and operate the project. The energy serves customers of Appalachian Power, an affiliate of AEP.
The $200 million facility is projected to provide more than $30 million in new tax revenue to the county governments over its first 30 years of operations, and nearly $21 million in payments to local landowners.
NextEra Energy expects the installation will be capable of powering more than 36,000 homes.
"AEP and Appalachian Power are pleased to partner with NextEra Energy Resources on this beneficial project that helps modernize and diversify the power generation fleet and provides low-cost, clean energy to customers," said Marc Lewis, vice president of regulatory and external affairs for Indiana Michigan Power, an AEP company.
"We are very proud to host the Bluff Point Wind Energy Center right here in Jay County," said Jeanne Houchins, Jay County Council member. "This project has already created a great deal of enthusiasm and positive economic activity in our community. The extra tax revenue it generates will go a long way to help our county enhance our schools, roads and essential services."