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Commissioners accept amendments to wind farm tax abatements


Clay County Commissioners accepted two amendments to tax abatement agreements with Alterra Energy for South Clay and Shannon 1 wind farm developments.

The amendments shift payments in lieu of taxes from $2 million to $1.79 million for the Shannon 1 site, and from $4.3 million to $7 million for the South Clay site.The changes increased payments to the county by $2.2 million.

The payments will grow county coffers by $8.8 million over a period of 10 years. Clay County will receive the first payment of $202,000 in January 2017.

Construction of the 202 megawatt wind farm will begin in January, with an expected completion date sometime in July 2015. Alterra Energy will have until Dec. 31, 2015 to complete the project, as set in its agreement with Clay County. Tax abatements kick in once the project is “substantially complete.”

Jimmy Horn of early stage developer Horn Wind LLC told commissioners Monday that “substantially complete” usually mean 50 percent completion. Horn noted that 80 percent of the cost goes into the purchase of wind turbines and towers, which should begin in two months.

Alterra Energy, a Canadian company, purchased the development from Horn Wind of Windthorst in February. See related story.

In other business, commissioners:

  • Approved a 30-day burn ban in a 3-2 vote
  • Approved an agreement between the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Warren Cat for maintenance of the CCSO’s backup generator for an annual fee of $842
  • Discussed the purchase of surplus voting machines from Karnes County
  • Discussed the possibility of declaring two water storage tanks and a frac tank as salvage
  • Approved the use of courthouse and courthouse annex restrooms for Turkey Fest activities planned Saturday, April 12

Commissioners meet again in regular session March 24.


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