Pantex breaks ground on what will be the federal government's largest wind farm right here on the High Plains. The plant will get 60% of its power from five wind turbines built just east of it starting in summer of 2014. This project which started in 2007 has partnered Pantex, Texas Tech University, Siemens Governmental Technologies and other agencies. The average energy savings will be $2.8 million annually over 18 years. Siemens will construct the wind farm, and then run it, which includes maintenance, during that period. The money saved by using wind energy will be the payment for the construction and operation, costing the tax payers nothing, but project leaders say getting to this point was difficult. The contract with Siemens was an Energy Savings Performance Contract issued by the government to get federal agencies to reduce energy use and costs through private investments. This will drop Pantex's carbon pollution by more than 35,000 metric tons per year, which is like they say is like planting over 850,000 trees.
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