CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice and local officials in Mineral and Grant counties are welcoming plans for a new wind farm.

The support for the Black Rock Wind Farm was released Thursday.

The farm is a wind energy power plant with a generation capacity of up to 170 megawatts.

A release said the project expects to create hundreds of jobs during construction, bolster the region’s electricity infrastructure, and generate significant new tax revenues for Mineral and Grant counties and the state of West Virginia.

“This investment is truly great news for Mineral and Grant Counties, and all of West Virginia,” Gov. Justice said.

“My administration is committed to finding every possible way to enhance energy production in West Virginia, and the Black Rock Wind Farm is the perfect example of a project that will be a win-win in many ways. Not only will the project harness West Virginia’s inexhaustible wind for clean energy production, it will bring good-paying jobs during construction and then, once it’s built, this wind farm will continue to stimulate our economy for years to come.”

The private sector investment is expected to be of at least $150 million in the two counties that could create nearly 300 jobs during the construction phase alone.

The release said those numbers are representing approximately $14 million in labor income payroll and $44 million in regional economic output.

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