Using wind energy can help power homes and businesses while avoiding pollution.
The Department of Energy said Thursday that it is using wind energy in homes and buildings for its new power generation project, the Advanced Wind Power Project, which it hopes will be operational by 2019.
“Wind energy has a great potential to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and provide a more sustainable source of energy,” Secretary Ernest Moniz said in a statement.
“We are excited to be taking advantage of the potential for wind energy development in this region and to use it to power the nation’s energy needs.”
In January, the department said it was buying an initial 5 megawatts of wind energy from a California company called Calpine Energy.
The department said the wind project will be the largest wind farm in the United States and will generate enough power to power about 1,500 homes.
The project will also be able to power 2,000 to 3,000 buildings, with a goal of powering 1,000 homes annually.
“In the coming years, the wind industry will be a key component of energy solutions for millions of Americans,” Moniz told reporters at the time.
The project will create more than 10,000 jobs, according to the department.
It also plans to invest about $100 million to expand wind turbines in the region, as well as create several new jobs.