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Babbitt Ranches will be the site of a new wind energy farm in northern AZ

Babbitt Ranches is known for its long tradition of raising livestock in northern Arizona and its annual colt sale.

But the company will soon be known for clean energy.

Salt River Project recently announced that it is working with a renewable energy company to build a wind farm on Babbitt property north of Flagstaff.

A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources recently began work on 50 wind turbines, which will produce enough energy to power nearly 40,000 homes.

The project will provide about 250 jobs as well as local tax revenue and is scheduled to be up and running by early next year.

Ron Dungan was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2020 to 2024.