Kingman Wind Energy 1 LLC has signed a $26.4 million agreement with Kingman County to build a 200-megawatt commercial wind farm in the county this year.
The agreements were signed this week at the county’s weekly commission meeting.
Kingman Wind Energy is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Capital Holdings, and it has a 20-year contract to sell the power to Westar Energy.
The county also requires written agreements that specify how to pay for and maintain roads used to build and maintain the wind farm, define an annual payment in lieu of taxes and define the costs and manner of de-commissioning the wind farm if it ceases operations.
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In return for the normal state exemption from property taxes, Kingman Wind Energy 1 has agreed to a one-time payment to the county of $2.2 million to cover various permits and other expenses. It will also pay $800,000 a year for the first 20 years and $700,000 annually after that as long as the wind farm is operating. Those amounts would go up if the farm expands.
The company expects to use 14.3 miles of paved county roads during construction. It will pay the county $500,000 to cover the costs to resurface 10 miles of roads and an additional $170,000 per mile over that.