Snap! Chinese Firm Could Get $450 Million In Stimulus Money

by William Teach | December 9, 2010 8:57 am

Hey, imagine what could be done with $450 million dollars if given to Americans. 90 million $5 meals at a fast food joint. 15 million coats for those in need during this cold winter. Every citizen in the US could buy two candy bars. Or, we could just give it away to China[1]

Top Democratic fundraisers and lobbyists with links to the White House are behind a proposed wind farm in Texas that stands to get $450 million in stimulus money, even though a Chinese company would operate the farm and its turbines would be built in China.

This begs the question, will the profits go back to China? How many Americans will work there, particularly in the executive offices? Not to mention the question “why in the hell are we giving Stimulus money to a non-US company?”

The farm’s backers also have close ties with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who, at the height of his hard-fought re-election bid this fall, helped blunt congressional criticism over stimulus dollars possibly going to create jobs in China by endorsing a proposal by the Chinese company to build a factory in his home state. Although his campaign received thousands of dollars in donations from the wind farm’s backers and Reid stood on stage with them at a campaign event they hosted, his office declined to answer any questions about the wind farm’s organizers or their plans for Nevada.

Guess it won’t be in Nevada.

The wind farm, first announced more than a year ago, would consist of 300 2-megawatt wind turbines, each perched atop a 26-story-tall steel tower and spinning three blades – each half the length of a football field. The farm would span three counties and 36,000 acres in West Texas land best known for its oil. Dubbed the Spinning Star wind farm, the project’s 600-megawatt capacity is, theoretically, enough to power 180,000 American homes and would be the sixth-largest wind farm in the country.

And should probably be completed in a decade, once the enviroweenies get done suing, counter suing, protesting, chaining themselves together around the front gate, because a bird or two may get hurt. But, it gets better!

The clock is ticking for Spinning Star: To claim the stimulus grant it must arrange its financing and begin work on the wind farm by Dec. 31. Besides the $450 million stimulus grant, A-Power’s SEC filings indicate the joint-venture also will pursue a Department of Energy-backed loan guarantee. According to the SEC filings, the project is waiting to hear if it will receive the loan guarantee before financing will follow to build the turbines.

So, they could get more money from the US government for this boondoggle. Great.

This whole thing could end up costing the same as a nuclear power plant, which has a much smaller land footprint, and, shocker!!! can provide power when the air is still. They generally put out almost double the megawatts of what this windfarm will provide. Granted, they’re operating costs are about a fourth that of nuclear power plants: doesn’t cost that much to hire people with GED’s to go oil the turbines and pick up the dead birds, while people at nuclear power plants are, well, nuclear scientists.

Don’t get me wrong, I support wind power. But not projects like this which are costly, won’t provide power during the non-windy times, and send our money overseas.

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  1. we could just give it away to China:
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