“This is National Wind’s first Texas wind farm project and we are excited to work with KRS Energy to introduce landowners to our community wind model,” says Travis Moen, Project Developer for National Wind, LLC. “Although Texas has more installed wind projects than any other state, it has little community wind development. Studies show that community wind projects increase local economic impacts up to five times more than that of non community-based projects. Also, this is a very interesting project because of its unique transmission access that provides potential to sell power into the ERCOT market and the Southern Power Pool (SPP).”
Buffalo Wind Energy currently has 14,500 acres under lease between the towns of Amarillo and Umbarger along with the direct participation of 12 area families. The 12 families appointed four individuals to represent the development as the project’s Board of Advisors. The Buffalo Wind Project Board of Advisors is made up of David Christian, Randy Darnell, Todd Vincent, and Casey Fox.
Throughout the last year, the Board of Advisors, along with local attorney, James Wester, has worked in tandem with National Wind and KRS Energy to structure the project and build local interest and participation in the Buffalo Wind Project.
“Community wind projects operate under a business model that allows both landowners who receive turbines and even those who don’t, the opportunity to share in project revenues,” says Randy Darnell. “This provides greater profit distribution throughout the local community. It’s about keeping project proceeds local.”
Buffalo Wind Energy, LLC is a community-based wind development company located in Randall County, Texas. Our company’s objective is to develop up to 300 MW of wind turbines based renewable energy.
National Wind, LLC is the leader in developing utility-scale (50 megawatts or larger) community wind energy projects. National Wind and its subsidiary, Wind Energy Developers, LLC, have participated in developing 14 wind energy projects and currently have over 4,000 megawatts in active development. National Wind projects are located in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Colorado, Texas and Ohio.
KRS Energy, LLC, is a wind energy development company based in Centennial, Colorado. It is owned and operated by developers, John Kellogg and Paul Seby. KRS’s principals have over 40 years of combined experience in developing energy and industrial projects.