Austin wind power firm awarded $4 million grant
coast, according to its permit application with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Galveston. The turbines would go on three tracts, leased from the Texas General Land Office, near Galveston and Corpus Christi.
The permits for the project are still pending, said Jayson Hudson, regulatory project manager for the corps. A typical environmental impact process runs about two years, he said, and Baryonyx filed its application in June 2011.
While uncertainty about the future of tax credits and subsidies has slowed progress of several wind energy projects, Baryonyx CEO Ian Hatton told the Brownsville Herald earlier this month that the company’s offshore projects aren’t dependent on the production tax credits.
In a separate effort through its WindData brand, the company in November 2011 pitched plans to build a wind-powered data center in Pflugerville. The city granted cash and property tax abatements to support the project, but WindData has postponed construction as it looks for the optimal site. The data center was projected to eventually expand to 150 jobs, the company said.