Local Development - Made in the Midwest
The initiative calls for up to 800 megawatts of new wind generation to be located in our region (meaning within a 150-mile radius of Joplin). Up to 500 megawatts of this may be developed in Southwest Missouri, keeping economic beneits here at home. The potential local sites for wind development are in rural areas of Barton, Jasper, Dade, and Lawrence counties. The first land lease option was signed in April 2017, and nearly 50,000 acres have been secured.
Local development will provide local property tax revenue, economic stimulus during construction, and attractive jobs for ongoing operation. Landowners also receive a new source of steady income while much of their land remains available for existing uses like farming and livestock production.