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GM unveils wind farm that will power Indiana, Ohio plants

HAVILAND, Ohio - A new wind farm in northwest Ohio has been built that will power General Motors manufacturing facilities in Ohio and Indiana.

The Northwest Ohio Wind Farm, based in Haviland, 30 miles east of Fort Wayne, is a 100-megawatt wind development. Officials said in a news release Wednesday that the wind farm will "help power all of GM’s Ohio and Indiana manufacturing facilities with clean, renewable energy."

In addition to generating energy, the 42 wind turbines are expected to create 300 new jobs and 1 million dollars in property tax revenue. 

Director of Paulding County Economic Development Jerry Zielke calls it a smart investment. 

"One of the things is that it doesn't cost us to build the project," he explained. "That means it's basically they're coming in spending the money and building the project. "We don't have to give any tax incentives for those kind of things and so it's been a really great win for our county." 

Wayne Trace Local Schools will be one of the biggest beneficiaries. 

"This is really going to help improve our schools to where they're not going to have to go back and ask for additional tax revenue down the road," Zielke said. "It looks like it'll stabilize their tax base to where for the next at least 20 or 30 years you know they got a revenue stream coming in from these turbines and so it it's really a long-term thing that's really going to be beneficial for the overall community."

The development will move GM closer to meeting the electricity needs of its global operations through 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, the release said.

The wind farm will be operational by the end of the summer.


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