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Wind turbines planned near Texas military sites

PETRONILA, Texas (AP) - Navy officials and an energy business have reached a deal for as many as 100 wind turbines to be built near two South Texas military installations.

The agreement signed Tuesday involves plans for the so-called Patriot Wind Farm midway between Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and Naval Air Station Kingsville.

The agreement involves the Navy, the Department of Defense and E.ON Climate & Renewables using property leased from landowners. Backers expect about $150 million in investments, 200 construction jobs and 10 permanent positions.

The company will provide $750,000 to DOD for research on the effects of wind turbines on radar. The agreement also means no turbines will be built on property in certain areas where pilot training is done using low-flying planes.

Groundbreaking is expected next year.

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