Negotiations could begin soon to attract the county’s first wind farm. They want to set up shop between Bayview and Laguna Vista. The Cameron County Commissioner’s Court has agreed to consider a county tax abatement for the company wanting to develop the property.
The Commissioners’ Court heard a presentation during its Sept. 26 meeting from Sergio Treviño, development manager at Pioneer Green Energy, who explained the preliminary scope of the plan while stressing that a competitive market means his company is considering many other locations for the farm, as well.
The wind farm is expected to install as many as 50 wind turbines throughout the land roughly bordered by FM 350, FM 510 and Highway 100.
Construction is expected to bring about 350 jobs to the Rio Grande Valley while the wind farm operations will mean the creation of five to 10 full-time positions.
Precinct 1 Commissioner Sofia C. Benavides was particularly concerned about whether the farm would affect construction of the proposed second causeway, which seeks to create a northern connection from the mainland to South Padre Island.
“I would not want to jeopardize that,” she said.
Treviño explained that the wind farm was miles away from the proposed causeway and that the spacing of the turbines – about one mile away from each other – would not affect a connecting road between the two causeway entrances, either.
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INFORMATION BY: TY JOHNSON, THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD