Hoke County to be tested for wind power

LUMBER BRIDGE, NC (AP) — A Florida company is building a 196-foot tower in Hoke County to determine whether the area has enough wind to generate electricity.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that NextEra Energy Resources is building the tower near Lumber Bridge. Equipment on the tower will measure wind speeds for up to five years.

The Hoke County Board of Commissioners approved a permit earlier this month that will let the company build the tower near the Robeson County line.

Donald Porter with Raeford-Hoke Economic Development says officials hope the area will have enough wind to make the project work.

Steven Stengel with NextEra said the company is considering the area after analyzing available information about wind speeds from airports and other sources.

Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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