The South still doesn’t have any wind farms — but that’s about to change


How can we make wind power work in the Southeastern U.S.? By reaching higher up into the sky. That’s the strategy Spanish energy developer Iberdrola took with a large-scale wind project in North Carolina that at one point looked like it would have to be nixed.

The project will be the first major wind farm in the South, and, according to The Associated Press, will bring power to 60,000 homes:

After a years-long regulatory process that once looked to have doomed the plan, Iberdrola spokesman Paul Copleman told The Associated Press that construction is to begin in about a month.

Right now, there’s not a spark of electricity generated from wind in nine states across the Southeast from Arkansas to Florida, according to data from the American Wind Energy Association, an industry trade group.

But taller towers and bigger turbines are unlocking new potential in the South, according to the U.S. Department…

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