GOLDTHWAITE (August 15, 2013)--Construction of 85 wind turbines in Mills County just outside of Goldthwaite is underway and the project is a boon both to the county and to landowners.
Chicago based Invernegy Wind Company is building the 400-foot- tall towers, which are expected to be completed late this fall and should go online by December.
Tommy Hoyer, 84, and his wife Margie retired to a 761-acre ranch three miles outside the city and they agreed to let Invernergy place six turbines on their land.
Hover says when he was growing up he "used to read to coal oil lamps (and) lanterns” and says “This is something different for sure."
The Hoyers are enjoying watching the massive windmills go up.
“We just love to sit and watch them put them up, but I’m dying-- and (my wife) is too--to see the wheels turning to produce electricity,” he said.
Hoyer and his wife will be paid a prorated amount of electricity sold from their turbines once the project goes online.
County Judge Kirk Fulk says the turbines are going to be a huge financial shot in the arm for Mills County as well.
The project will add "roughly in the neighborhood of $200 million to the Mills County tax base which is phenomenal,” he said.
That will double the size of the county’s tax base, he said.
The judge said farmers and ranchers who have agreed to a deal with Invernergy will be more than adequately compensated.
Electricity generated by the turbines will go to a West Texas power grid and will provide power to 85,000 homes.