Austin wind power firm awarded $4 mil­lion grant

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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.

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