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Newkirk, OK, April 22, 2013, Earth Day– PNE WIND AG subsidiary PNE WIND USA today held a prayer service in observance of Earth Day on the Chilocco Wind Farm. The 76.5MW wind farm will rest on land held by four Native American Tribes and will be operational during the first quarter of 2014. Leaders of the Otoe-Missouria, Kaw Nation, Pawnee Nation and Ponca Nation were all present at the groundbreaking ceremony. A prayer for the earth and “for good things to happen here” was led by Otoe-Missouria Vice Chairman Ted Grant. The wind farm when completed will be one of the larger renewable energy projects ever completed on tribal land.
Pictured here is Otoe-Missouria Chairman John R. Shotton, Ponca Chairman Earl ‘Trey’ Howe III, Kaw Chair Guy Munroe, Andre De Rosa of PNE Wind USA, Pawnee Vice President Charles Lone Chief, and Otoe-Missouria Vice Chairman Ted Grant.
The project has been in development for more than decade, primarily led by the continuous efforts of Carol Wyatt one of the original proponents of the project. “It’s really a dream come true”, said Wyatt.
“Today is important both in recognition of Earth Day, and moving forward with what has been a twelve year development. We are proud to have members of each tribe present here today and for offering up thanks to the creator for allowing us to get to this point and for the safety of all those involved. This project will bring economic development to the area and revenues for the tribes. It will also provide clean renewable energy for the region at a price comparable to conventional energy,” said André De Rosa, Managing Director of PNE WIND USA.
The completed wind farm will encompass over 3,000 acres and will generate power from 45 turbines. During the construction phase nearly 200 jobs will be created. Once completed, it will employ up to 12 maintenance workers.
It is estimated that the project will offset the equivalent of 31,000 households’ fossil fuel per annum.
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