September 11, 2012 — Engineering, building and operating an average utility scale wind farm creates about 1,079 jobs over its operating lifetime, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
An average wind farm, defined in the report as one generating 250 MW, results in 522 new construction jobs, 432 manufacturing positions, 80 planning and development jobs, 18 sales positions and 27 operations staff, according to the NRDC report.
The report goes on to say that a failure to extend the production tax credit, which lends financial incentive to build such projects, would put the jobs of roughly 75,000 U.S. workers who staff the wind industry in jeopardy. The PTC is scheduled to expire December 31, 2012, and would require an act of Congress to extend.
The PTC gives wind power producers a tax credit of 2.2 cents a kilowatt-hour.