The proposed Sugarland Wind project is a 200 megawatt (MW) wind farm located on farmland in Palm Beach County, Florida, just east
of Belle Glade. The project will be situated completely within the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) with all necessary land being
leased from area farmers. The land will not change once wind production begins. All farming can occur up to the base of the wind
turbine. Sugarland Wind will share the land with sugar cane farms and will produce clean domestic energy for up to 60,000 U.S. homes.
Although the total project area will stretch over 10,000 acres, the turbines will be spaced approximately one half mile from each other,
and the contiguous project footprint will consist of roughly 100 acres. Each turbine will produce between 1.5 to 2.3 megawatts of
electricity and will be up to 475 feet in height when measured from the ground to the top of the turbine blade.
The project has been designed to utilize existing farm roads to the maximum extent possible. This project will use no water to generate
or transmit electricity, will produce no air emissions and will require no fuel pipelines.
What the county should expect from the Sugarland Wind project is:
- Anticipated $300 Million up front investment with a commitment to use local resources when possible
- Generation of economic activity, tax revenue and direct landowner payments for decades
- Approximately 250 jobs created during construction
- Approximately 15-20 permanent jobs for the south Florida area