Riding the wind: Area becoming prime location for wind farms

RAYMONDVILLE — Willacy County is turning into “the wind capital of South Texas.”

In a meeting yesterday, EDF Energy became the third company to propose a wind farm that could pump hundreds of thousands of dollars into sparse county coffers.

“It makes you the wind capital of South Texas,” developer Robert Peña told county commissioners.

The London-based company proposed building about 100 wind turbines in the Willemar area, where the Lyford school district would reap a windfall in tax revenue.

EDF is working with Raymondville developer Joe Wetegrove on the project, leasing land from about 50 property owners across a 15,000-acre area.

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