Pickens wants to build world's largest wind farm

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - 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 is offering a six billion dollar plan to install large wind turbines in parts of 4 Panhandle counties.

Pickens spokesman Mike Boswell today said the Mesa Power project would produce up to 4,000 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 200,000 acres in Roberts, Gray, Hemphill and Wheeler counties.

The farm would have as many as 2,000 wind turbines.

Pickens met yesterday in Pampa with about 250 area landowners.

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Pickens' water project: http://www.mesawater.com/