The Niobrara Wind Farm is a 150 megawatt wind farm under development in Holt County, Nebraska. The project is a development of Geronimo Energy, LLC, a utility-scale developer based out of Edina, Minnesota. The Niobrara Wind Farm’s footprint spans approximately 15,000 acres. Geronimo plans to construct up to 100 turbines and will work with both local and nationally respected construction partners to bring the project to completion.
|Operational Capacity:||150 MW|
|Location:||Holt County, Nebraska|
|Number of Turbines:||~33-100|
|Acres in Project Footprint:||Over 15,000, with less than 50 acres taken out of agricultural
production during operations.
|CO2 Emissions Reduced:||425,000 metric tons/ year|
|Landowner Payments:||~$750,000/ year|
|Local Community Fund:||up to $30,000/ year|
|Direct Local Economic Impact:||~$74 million over 20 years|
Development started on the Niobrara Wind Farm in the spring of 2007. The site is unqiue because the entirety of the project’s contiguous land is owned by one landowner. Niobrara boasts some of the best wind resource in the state of Nebraska. Near-term local transmission system upgrades, a supportive community and excellent wind resource make this project a desirable development.
HOLT COUNTY, NE
Holt County is located in north central Nebraska. The Niobrara project is a well-elevated and ideal location for wind development. The land is almost exclusively used for agriculture and/or grazing with few trees or obstructions. It is very compatible with the establishment of wind turbines and has received broad community support. The average wind speed in Holt County, measured at 80 meters, is 18.5 miles per hour. The prevailing wind direction is typically from the northwest and south.