Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development (SEED), was recently honored as a recipient of the Expansion Solutions 2010 “Top Five” Award of Excellence in the Wind Energy category. Sweetwater, along with other Texas communities in Central West Texas and the Texas Panhandle areas, have become a hub for wind development and service companies. Sweetwater and Roscoe have been fortunate to have companies like EMA – Eletromechanics LLC, Upwind Solutions, GE Wind Center, E.ON, Invenergy, Bluarc, Wind Energy Turbine Services, KR Wind, Cranes Services, Inc., Altezza, Fasenal, Advanced Turbine Services, Siemens, Shermco, Turn Energy Maintenance, LLC, Wave Wind, Evans Enterprises, Titan Technology, Wind Farm Capital and others locate in Nolan County. Surrounding communities have also located companies like Concrete Mobility, Aztec Bolting, Windcrete, Tower Tech, EMS, Zoltec, Mitsubishi, Barr Fabrication and Wind Clean and joined Nolan County as part of the “Wind Hub” in the southern United States. Kyle Lawrence, President of the SEED Board of Directors, stated, “We are very excited to win this award from Expansion Solutions and want to thank our community for their support during these expansion efforts.”
The Sweetwater/Nolan County area currently has 1,371 turbines and over 2060 MW of developed wind power. If Taylor, Mitchell, Scurry and Howard counties are included to the totals in Nolan County, the five county area has over 3600 MW of developed wind power. This total is approximately 38% of the total developed wind power in Texas and almost 11% of the total developed wind power is the United States. Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), due to the expansion of wind development in the state of Texas, is in the process of expanding our transmission line capacity by over 18,000 MW at a cost of $5 billion dollars.
SEED joins another Texas economic development group, Dumas EDC, on the Top Five Awards of Excellence in the Wind Energy category. "Sweetwater is fortunate to be located in a place that allows us to be involved with two regional economic development organizations, The High Ground of Texas and the Texas Midwest Community Network," said SEED Executive Director Ken Becker. "These organizations assist in the expansion of business opportunities in our region."
Additional information on SEED and how businesses can be located in the community can be found at www.sweetwatertexas.net  or by calling 877-301-SEED and additional information on the award at www.expansionsolutionsmagazine.com