Wind project would create jobs, UNH study says
A wind power project proposed for Coos County in the Granite State would contribute $20 million to the local economy and create 550 jobs, according to a report by the University of New Hampshire.
The proposed wind project is expected to generate enough power to serve about 40,000 homes, noted the report, which added that the project is before the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee; a ruling on the $250 million project is expected by May 6.
A UNH press release included a statement from one of the report's authors, Ross Gittell, the James R. Carter professor at the university
“The wind power project will create 550 jobs in the next two years, many of these well paying construction jobs," Gittell said. "This would come exactly at the time when the state and county most need it due to the national recession. It can contribute to the foundation for New Hampshire to establish itself as a leader in the region for renewable energy. And for Coos County, an area of the state that has been struggling, the wind power project represents a potential economic bright spot.”
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(By Chris Reidy, Globe staff)