More than 175 Nodaway County community leaders and landowners gathered to celebrate the construction of Tenaska Clear Creek Energy Center, hearing project leaders and elected officials speak Sept. 10.
The event included dinner and speakers who gave project updates and thankful regards to those who contributed to its success. Attendees had the opportunity to sign a wind turbine blade, which will be installed during the finalization of the project.
Clear Creek Energy Center is a 242-megawatt wind farm located north of Maryville. Its project office is located on Icon Road, where the nine turbines can be seen already erect. When complete, Clear Creek’s turbines will provide renewable power for Associated Electric Cooperative Inc., based in Springfield, Missouri.
AECI provides local wholesale power to six regional cooperatives, including Northwest Electric Power Cooperative Inc. of Cameron, Missouri.
Tenaska CEO and Vice Chairman of Clear Creek Jerry Crouse attended the event as a featured speaker.
“We are proud to be a part of northwest Missouri, and we plan to be here a long time,” Crouse said. “This blade signing event illustrates the important role each of these individuals plays in the success of the wind farm. Their support and their trust in us has been critical to making Tenaska Clear Creek Energy a reality.”
Tenaska has 170 lease agreements with landowners in the county, working on 31,000 acres of land. In order to transport the tools needed for construction, Tenaska improved 63 miles of roads.
Tax revenue from the project is expected to be more than $1.2 million, allocated to local governments and another $1.3 million to local landowners through lease payments.
Tenaska established a community fund that will support government programs in Nodaway County. It presented a check to the county commissioners, who will work to allocate the funds, at the celebration event noting a contribution of $15,000 a year for 20 years.
Nodaway County Assessor Rex Wallace said Tenaska is showing a commitment to the community.
“With their community fund, they are providing northwest Missouri, local people funds for things they care about,” Wallace said. “They donated to the Nodaway County Fair, the livestock auction, the food bank, Big Brothers Big Sisters and United Way, just to name a few.”
The project also donated $5,000 in school supplies to North Nodaway Elementary School and Eugene Field Elementary School teachers, students and staff when school began in August.
Wallace said Tenaska has been a good neighbor to the community.
“I’m glad I got to know these guys,” Wallace said. “We welcome Tenaska, and we look forward to a bright future.”