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More Wind Turbines Potentially Coming to Fairfield

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On a farm in Fairfield 6 wind turbines already generate 10 megawatts, which supplies about 2,000 average residential houses annually, but developers are trying to build more of them.

"It will be 15 more turbines just like these, maybe slightly bigger,” said Marty Wilde Principal Engineer at Wind Data.

Wilde said they will add 25 megawatts of renewable energy into the Northwest Energy grid. Wind turbines currently cost about 2 million dollars a megawatt, but Wilde said there are advantages.

“The main advantage is the carbon free generation and how it addressees some of the green house gases and the climate change issues,” said Marty Wilde Principal Engineer at Wind Data.

Wind turbines in other states have killed endangered birds, but that has not been the case in Fairfield.

“Out here we haven't had any impact and we have ongoing post construction studies,” said Marty Wilde Principal Engineer at Wind Data.

Wilde said building more turbines will bring construction jobs, more local tax dollars to the county, and money to farmers who provide the land.

“There is really no investment on our part other than having to farm around them and it creates income so for sure it helps, and that income helps the community,” said Reece Brown with K Farms

The next set of 15 wind turbines for the "Greenfield Wind Project" would be built this year and is expected to be done by this coming fall, but none of them will be built unless the Montana Public Service Commission approves it first.

“There have been a lot of challenges one again, that's why we are so excited to be in front of the PSC like we are now looking for this approval for this next wind farm here,” said Marty Wilde Principal Engineer at Wind Data.

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