In April, Tradewind Energy announced that they had entered a long-term renewable energy purchase agreement with KCP&L to deliver low-cost wind energy in Missouri. The Rock Creek Wind Project (RCWP) here in Atchison County, slated for construction late 2016-2017, will produce enough energy annually to power over 90,000 U.S. homes. This project involves more than 130 landowners across 40,000 acres located throughout the eastern third of Atchison County.
The anticipated economic impact to our county is significant. Throughout RCWP’s 12-16 month construction phase, over 250 people will be working in Atchison County. This will result in full motels, occupied rental houses, and increased traffic at our local restaurants, grocery stores, and other businesses.
Once construction of RCWP is completed, 8-12 new permanent local jobs with an average annual salary of $50,000 will be created.
RCWP will also create considerable property tax revenue. On an average each year, over $2 million will be directed to taxing entities throughout our county, which include county road and bridge, Tarkio and Fairfax school districts, the library, and emergency services.