Commissioners’ Court Meeting removes burn ban, approves amendment

Lead Staff Reporter

The Commissioners’ Court held their regular meeting of the Nolan County Commissioner's Court on the 26th day of December at 9:00 a.m., in the County Courthouse, Sweetwater.
The Commissioners’ Court approved to remove the burn ban for Sweetwater and Nolan County.
The Commissioners’ discussed and considered an amendment to property tax abatement public hearing notice. The court considered and took appropriate action on approving an amendment to the currently effective tax abatement agreement between Nolan County and Trent Wind Farm LP.
The Trent Wind Farm, also known as the Trent Mesa Wind Project, is located in Trent, Texas. The wind power renewable energy turbine plant is located between Abilene and Sweetwater. The project uses 100 turbines each rated at 1.5 megawatts (1,500 kilowatts).
The Trent Mesa Wind Project uses GE Wind Energy turbines. There are 100 wind turbines, rated 1.5 megawatts each at a height of 200 feet, not including the blades, which comes in 328 feet. The rotor diameter is around 231 feet. The length of each blade is 112 feet. The generator houses come in at 56.2 tons. The wind generated ranges from eight to fifty-six miles per hour. Each turbine includes a weather station. All of the power collection circuits on the mesa are underground. The Trent Mesa Wind Project produces enough power for 35,000 homes. The Commissioners then considered input from the other Commissioners Courts with regard to an Intergovernmental Agreement for the compensation of the personnel of the Multi-county Court at Law. Alternatives and possible solutions were discussed.
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