The wind turbine at the heart of a Wyoming project to make the state’s mild winter a thing, is about to make it into the sky.
The turbine will take up to 10 hours to build, and will be ready for installation in late January.
It is an 80-kilowatt wind farm that will generate enough electricity for more than 8,000 homes, according to a statement from the Wyoming Department of Natural Resources.
“This wind farm will generate electricity for nearly 40,000 residential customers during its first 10 years of operation,” the statement reads.
“The project is expected to create at least 2,000 direct and indirect jobs for the state.”
The project, which is about 1.3 miles (1.9 kilometers) east of Cheyenne, has already been approved by the state.
It has been approved for construction under the authority of the Wind Development Act.
“The project represents a significant milestone for Wyoming’s wind energy economy,” Wyoming Secretary of State Mike DeWine said in a statement.
“It will help to alleviate some of the impacts of winter weather on our communities and economy, as well as providing an economic boost to our economy.”
The state has been struggling with high winds and snowfall.
It recorded more than 13 inches (37 centimeters) of snow in October.