The upcoming Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project will distribute $80 million in property tax and landowners payments over the first 20 years of its existence, according to officials at Enel Green Power North America Inc.
Additionally, Enel Green Power is spending $430 million to build Rattlesnake Creek and it’ll be the second largest wind farm in the Cornhusker State upon completion.
The 320-megawatt wind farm is being built [southwest] of Sioux City, across 32,000 acres between the towns of Allen, Emerson and Wakefield [link mine; Ty Rushing, “New Facebook Wind Farm to Cost $430M,” Sioux City Journal, 2017.11.16].
For perspective, Dakota Access reps told out PUC that their pipeline should generate around $13.7 million in annual tax revenue for South Dakota, mostly in property taxes. Over 20 years, that’s over three times as much revenue as the Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project. But Rattlesnake Creek doesn’t require eminent domain and doesn’t pose ongoing hazards to drain tile and water quality.
Funny—Mark Zuckerberg visited South Dakota this summer; how come Governor Daugaard didn’t invite him back for the buffalo round-up and Governor’s hunt with all those other CEOs to talk about investing in South Dakota’s great wind and tech potential?