Utilizing the latest Jobs and Economic Development Impact (JEDI) model available from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the 150 MW Illinois wind energy project will create the following economic benefits:
-Over $44 million of local spending would occur during construction, plus another $3 million annually once operational.
-Annual property taxes of over $1 million would be generated, along with several hundred thousand dollars in yearly lease payments to landowners.
-Direct spending and property tax assessment for the typical 30+ year life of plant alone account for over $175 million.
-During construction, there would be approximately 600 total jobs created