On days like this — cloudless blue skies above, winds whipping across empty fields — running a modern wind farm seems almost easy.

It’s Friday afternoon, and the half-dozen wind technicians sitting around the control room at Avangrid’s 208MW Amazon Wind Farm North Carolina are more concerned with their weekend plans — beer and basketball figure prominently — than their role in the energy transition.

The wind farm is just a year old, yet already feels such a fixture of the landscape and local economy that one might assume it would be commonplace in this unassuming and jobs-hungry corner of North Carolina.