Each project generates tax revenue to fund essential functions such as schools, police and emergency services. This revenue offers a way for counties to limit the tax burden on residents while still funding critical services. In 2017, the nameplate capacity tax on wind farms generated $3,065,623 in revenue for Nebraska counties, with $1,862,959 going to local schools, according to the Legislative Fiscal Office. There are few other options for counties to generate money without raising taxes.
Wind projects also bring employment opportunities during their construction, and long-term careers for technicians that will maintain the projects post-construction.