Amazon Wind offers proof of NC's energy potential
There's an area of northeastern North Carolina so flat and plain that locals sometimes call it "The Desert." The landscape, however, is anything but barren, with fields of soybeans, wheat and corn stretching for miles.
And now a new crop is being harvested: wind power.
The Amazon Wind Farm US East, which began operating in February 2017, is the first utility-scale wind farm in North Carolina and the largest to date in the Southeast. Its 104 wind turbines spread across Perquimans and Pasquotank counties can generate enough electricity to power more than 61,000 homes per year.
The wind farm is producing more than electricity. In 18 months of construction, the project pumped millions of dollars into the local economy. Millions more will be generated in the coming years through lease payments to landowners who host the turbines and property tax payments to county governments.