Story behind the Snyder Wind Farm

Updated: Jul. 18, 2018 at 4:27 PM CDT
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SNYDER, TX (KCBD) - You could say Max Drum knows a thing or two about agriculture.

"I'm a third generation farmer and rancher here in West Texas."

But then, the wind shifted, and Drum's future in farming changed.

"My family has always complained about the wind blowing because our crops and our cotton always seemed to blow us out every year," Drum said. "We knew the wind blew here but we didn't know how much."

So his family decided to take advantage.

"This area is really a river of wind. It comes directly up from the south on the Caprock and heads North. There's a lot of wind that blows right through this area."

And now...

"In our particular project, we have 150 turbines," he said. "Two megawatt turbines with the total capacity of 300 megawatts is what we generate. It's a very large farm."

A farm large enough to now cover more than 40,000 acres.

"For my family, it has been a lifesaver. Agriculture is so hit and miss. Some years, you have a great crop and you may not have anything for two or three years, especially with the dry weather. This is a consistent income for the ranch."

And Drum isn't done with renewable energy just yet.

"Solar panels are coming," Drum acknowledges. "Solar is going to be the next step. There's still a lot of wind turbines to be built. I believe the wind has peaked and it's starting to, through congress and production tax credits, those are beginning to dwindle off and solar will come along behind this."

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