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6/12/2012 10:28:00 AM
Shelly continues support of wind energy project
Navajo Nation President says wind farm would generate $2 million in revenue for Cameron Chapter
Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly. Submitted photo
Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly. Submitted photo
Williams-Grand Canyon News

CAMERON, Ariz. - Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly urged the local chapter and developers of the wind energy project to continue developing their wind energy project at the Cameron Community Wind Energy Forum May 14.

"My goal is to educate you about the process and technologies in wind energy awareness," President Shelly said during a welcoming address before about 35 people.

Shelly said he wanted to see more progress on a wind energy project that could create as much as $2 million in revenue for Cameron Chapter if a wind farm was built near Gray Mountain.

The proposed wind farm would generate about 500 megawatts of electricity with estimates stating that the wind farm could generate as much as 1,500 megawatts of electricity.

The wind farm initially proposes to explore about 47,000 acres of land, but would use about 7,000 acres once completed. Extra land would be needed to build the wind farm around culturally important sites.

The forum had various presentations regarding wind project development and case studies of usage of wind farm energy.

"We understand that resolutions have been passed and some pre-development work has been done, but the wind project has yet to build," President Shelly said.

At the end of the forum, President Shelly and other presenters answered and responded to questions and comments.

Most of the comments supported the wind farm.

"I want to see this happen," President Shelly said at the conclusion of the forum.

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