Wind Turbines Get World Wide Attention

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

WEST TEXAS- Rising 415 feet into West Texas skies a wind turbine visible from highway 87 when you drive between Big Spring and Sterling City, creates electricity just by harvesting wind.

Airtricity, an Irish company leases land on a ranch there to place 54 such wind turbines, that creates enough electricity to power 24,000 homes. The company sells their product to companies like TXU.

"This is a source that is clean and renewable and one I think we can all be proud of," said Airtricity Spokesperson Patrick Woodson.

Today, the USDA and Texas Department of agriculture brought people representing 37 different countries and foreign embassies, to check out the the co-existence of wildlife and modern energy production.

"It is truly a wind farm because you are harvesting the wind you are harvesting an actual resource," said Dr. Clare Thorp of the Irish Embassy.

"This is a really great opportunity to showcase how a working ranch and a modern wind farm can co exist," said Woodson. "West Texas is ideal, we have a lot of transmission, we have really good steady winds and we have really receptive folks who have welcomed this industry with open arms."

Each blade is 152 feet long and weight 10 tons.

"A project like this is a little bit outside agriculture. We've been visiting dairy farms or feed lots, or cotton growers. It's a little outside of agriculture but its a growing part of the agricultural business to rent land," said Christian Berger, a counselor for agriculture, for the French Embassy.