The Lone Star State is the USA’s energy transition leader

Published on Tuesday, 7 January 2020

“Enel Green Power wanted to be part of our community. They wanted to know how they could help us. I went and showed them all the projects and various things we’re trying to do. They kept their word on everything they’d promised.”

– Alicia Sanchez, director of McCamey Economic Development Corporation

Behind the scenes of renewables

At the peak of construction, we employed over 1,300 people between High Lonesome and Roadrunner, and 115 were hired locally. At the Roadrunner project, more than 5 million dollars was spent with local suppliers. After construction, other permanent jobs will be created.

As always, safety is a priority for Enel Green Power, both for the community that hosts our renewable energy projects, as well as for our staff and contractors. Enel Green Power is going to invest 125,000 dollars to update equipment and training for McCamey’s volunteer fire fighters (near Roadrunner) and for the volunteer fire departments of Rankin, Ozona and Iraan (near High Lonesome).

We know that education and training open career doors for youth and spur economic growth. That’s why we will foster STEM and wind power awareness initiatives in the McCamey, Rankin and Crockett County school districts. These initiatives include scholarships to study renewable energy technologies at Texas State Technical College and Western Texas College. Perhaps these future wind and solar technicians will one day join the High Lonesome and Roadrunner teams.

In addition to investing in the community, granting scholarships and providing employment opportunities, we’re proud to contribute to the local economy by increasing revenue. Throughout the project, both Roadrunner and High Lonesome will generate significant property tax revenues.

Thanks to High Lonesome, Roadrunner and the 63 MW Snyder wind farm in Scurry County, Texas will benefit from reliable and affordable renewable energy while continuing its role as the leader in developing sustainable energy.