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Gov. Chet Culver, D-Iowa, and local community leaders joined officials of NextEra Energy Resources LLC to break ground on NextEra's generation repair and service (GRS) facility.

The GRS facility will be used to overhaul and repair wind turbine electric generation equipment operated by subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources. GRS will also be used to warehouse and store parts and supplies to support renewable and other energy-related operations throughout the Midwest.

"Renewable energy is a key not only to long-term issues, such as the environment and national security, but for our immediate need to create jobs in Iowa," says Culver. "NextEra Energy's ground-breaking represents a positive step in moving Iowa's economic growth forward by a company that has been a leader in generating wind power across the nation. The jobs created here are going to be jobs of the future, and they're coming to Iowa."

NextEra Energy Resources expects to invest approximately $20 million to expand an existing building located in the I35 Business Park east of Story City and about 40 miles north of Des Moines. Construction on the project is expected to begin immediately and be completed by the end of the year.

The facility will provide more than 75 jobs during peak construction and, once operational, 20 to 25 full-time positions. In addition, by the end of the second year of operation, the facility is expected to generate a total tax revenue of approximately $500,000 based on current projections, according to the company.

SOURCE: NextEra Energy Resources

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