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Holt County Prepares for Wind Farm

Element Power will begin construction soon on Missouri's largest wind farm in Holt County.
(HOLT COUNTY, Mo.) A new wind farm is in the works for Holt County.

The multi-million dollar Mill Creek project promises hundreds of jobs for northwest Missouri.

Project Manager Scott Zimetz says the company will generate 200 megawatts of electricity from the wind farm and will then sell it to Kansas City Power & Light.
The wind mill project was developed in 2010 and took four years to get off the ground.

"It's not just something you can come in and do since a wind farm doesn't just happen. There are a lot of items that need to fall in place," says Zimetz.

The wind farm will sit on 25,000 acres all leased from area farmers. The group will add 5,000 additional acres once the project is complete.

The contract for the wind farm will stand in place for the next twenty years.
Mill Creek will create nearly fifteen full-time positions, something city leaders are excited about.

"We have had a series of flooding events and disaster events and our population is declining and has for some time now. We are very excited about the four hundred million dollar project coming to Holt County and it's going to be very good for us," says Presiding Commissioner of Holt County, Mark Sitherwood.

It's still unclear how many turbines will be included in the project but leaders say the new turbines will create a cleaner source of energy for the state.

Construction on the wind farm is set to begin later this year.

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