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Shawmut, Montana Wind Farm: Sen. Max Baucus Says Goldwind Expresses Interest In Project

01/19/12 12:04 PM ET  AP

Picture taken on November 29, 2011 of a wind turbine, in Ashegoda, northern Ethiopia. (JENNY VAUGHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

BILLINGS, Mont. -- U.S. Sen. Max Baucus says a global wind energy company headquartered in China plans to build a 20-megawatt wind farm in central Montana.

Baucus says that the wind farm is for proposed for a site near Shawmut, a small community about 75 miles northwest of Billings along the Musselshell River.

It would be built by Goldwind USA, whose Chinese parent company, Goldwind, bills itself as one of the largest wind turbine manufacturers in the world.

Baucus says he met with executives from the company during a 2010 trip to Beijing and urged them to do business in the state.

Goldwind says it hopes to complete construction on the project and begin generating power at the Shawmut site by the end of the year.

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