Wind energy the new ‘cash crop’ for Colorado farmers | Colorado Springs News | gazette.com

Wind energy the new ‘cash crop’ for Colorado farmers | Colorado Springs News | gazette.com

“It doesn’t matter if there is hail, rain, lightning,” Jan said. “As long as the wind blows, we’re producing energy that we’re able to profit from. It is our new cash crop.”

Leading the charge toward a wind-driven energy grid in Colorado is Xcel Energy, which owns the 30 wind turbines on the Kochises’ farm and an additional 270 in Elbert, Cheyenne, Lincoln and Kit Carson counties as part of the Rush Creek Wind Project.

Once completed in October, the project will be the largest wind-generating facility in the state, distributing 600 megawatts of energy to an estimated 325,000 homes. It’s projected to pump $1 billion into the Colorado economy and will help Xcel Energy reach 55 percent renewable energy by 2026.

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