Wind energy brings $500,000 in property taxes to Tazewell County

By WEEK Producer

August 21, 2013 Updated Aug 21, 2013 at 6:56 PM CDT

PEKIN, Ill. – Tazewell County has more than $500,000 extra in its coffers thanks to some special farms.

EDP Renewables, a company that runs wind farms, handed over more than $260,000 in property taxes to Tazewell County on Wednesday.

This is the second property tax payment, making the company's total for this year more than $500,000.

So far, EDP Renewables has invested more than $1.5 billion in wind farms in Illinois and hopes to continue to expand in the future.

"This is a part of the country and the part of the state that we are thrilled to be in and we're hoping that as the months and years move forward we are able to invest more and more. Illinois has been just a bastion for clean energy,” said EDP Renewables Communications Associate Adam Renz.

EDP Renewables currently runs wind farms in five Illinois counties and pays more than $7 million in property taxes every year.

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