LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) _ (B) Billionaire T. Boone Pickens is planning to cash in on the wind energy boom by building the world's largest wind farm in West Texas.
The oil tycoon and Oklahoma native is offering a $6 billion plan to install large wind turbines in parts of four Panhandle counties.
Pickens spokesman Mike Boswell today said the Mesa Power project would produce up to four-thousand megawatts of electricity.
Experts say the facility would generate more than five times the 735 megawatts produced at the present largest wind farm near Abilene.
Boswell says construction of the Pickens project would begin in 2010 and involve as many as 200-thousand acres in Roberts, Gray, Hemphill and Wheeler counties.
The farm would have as many as two-thousand wind turbines.
Pickens met yesterday in Pampa with about 250 area landowners.