SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - The Fountain Wind Energy Project will bring tens of millions of dollars to northeastern Shasta county over a 30 year period and enough clean energy to power up to 86,000 homes. It's not official yet, but if all goes smoothly, construction should complete by the end of 2023.
"The Fountain Wind Project represents a unique opportunity to bring a tremendous amount of benefits to Shasta county. These benefits include economic development in a pivotal time, enhanced regional fire safety, and of course a local supply of clean and low-cost renewable energy," said Henry Woltag, Manager of Development at ConnectGen.
ConnectGen, an independent renewable energy developer, is in the final stages of their proposal. 72 new wind turbines would be added on Hatchet Ridge in northeastern Shasta county.
Hatchet Ridge is just west of Burney and is already home to wind turbines in the existing Hatchet Ridge project.
The Fountain Wind Energy Project could provide 216 megawatts of energy. Enough to power up to 86,000 homes.
The project is expected to last for 30 years. Over this period of time, it could generate $50 million in tax revenue for Shasta county and $3.5 million in sales tax for the local communities. It will create 200 temporary construction jobs and 12 full-time jobs. Also, $1 million will also be donated to support local communities such as Montgomery Creek and Round Mountain.
"One of the main concerns is visual. You can't hide a turbine. We're proposing structures that are up to 670 feet tall, roughly a third bigger than the existing turbines out there," said Woltag.
If the approval process goes smoothly, construction could begin in the Spring of 2022 and complete by the end of 2023.
CLICK HERE to see visual simulations of what the wind turbines will look like from various vantage points across Shasta county.
CLICK HERE to view their website where most questions about the project can be answered.
Public webinars can also be found on their website. They are done on Zoom with several scheduled in the coming weeks. There, the public can ask questions or raise their concerns during the proposal process.
CLICK HERE to see the 610-page Environmental Impact Report done by the Shasta County Department of Resource Management- Planning Division.