GLENDIVE – A wind farm planned for northwest of Glendive – has the potential to become the largest taxpayer in Dawson County within the next five to 10 years.
The Upper Badlands Wind Development project will have the capacity to produce more than one million megawatt hours of electricity a year – enough to power 140,000 homes.
During construction, the project will generate as much as $28 million annually in new year property taxes during the first 10 years, and $50 million a year the next decade.
Between 200 and 250 employees will work in construction on the project, and 10 to 15 full-time workers will operate the site.
Electricity from the Upper Badlands project will be transmitted and sold through what’s called the Southwest Power Pool – which controls the energy supply to the mid-western United States.
Developer John Husar and his son, John Jr., said he needs power prices to rise to about $21 per megawatt/hour from their current level of about $14 per megawatt/ hour for the project to pencil out.