A $1 billion wind turbine project near the mouth of the Mississippi river could be built to power the next generation of electric cars, the nation’s largest manufacturer of wind turbines has warned.
The Mississippi Wind Project’s CEO, Chris Smithfield, said the project could generate enough electricity to power a dozen large homes for a year, or enough power for more than 300,000 homes.
The company, headquartered in North Carolina, has built about a dozen wind farms in the region, including two near the Tennessee River.
The Mississippi Wind project is just a few miles from the Tennessee Valley, where the river flows through the U.S.
The project could become a major draw for Tesla Motors, the maker of the Model S sedan and Model X crossover SUV, Smithfield said.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently said the company is planning to build a wind farm in the U, too.
Tesla, which is building its second headquarters in the city of Fremont, California, has invested heavily in the technology sector, and Smithfield is looking for new ways to use that money.