GARDEN CITY, Kan. - Providing standby emergency medical services while a wind farm is under construction is turning into a money maker for a western Kansas county. The Garden City Telegram reports that Finney County has received about $245,180 since signing a contract in March with Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. It's the general contractor for the Buffalo Dunes wind farm.
County administrator Randy Partington says revenues are at least meeting and possibly exceeding estimates. Initial estimates indicate the county could see up to $175,000 in profit by the end of the contract, depending on how many hours EMS was on the site.
Partington says he hopes to use some of the money to pay for a string of ambulance repairs and possibly a new ambulance.