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Cryptocurrency miners line up to come to Texas, and rural counties are welcoming them

Eager to bring new jobs to their towns and boost their tax base, rural Texas counties are courting companies that produce cryptocurrencies.

Employees service a computer that they pulled out of one of the pods at Helios, near Afton, on Sept. 15, 2022.
Helios employees unload ASIC mining servers, the computers used to mine Bitcoin, near Afton, on Sept. 15, 2022.
A Helios employee takes apart ASIC mining servers, computers deployed to mine Bitcoin, and gets them ready to be installed into the pods, near Afton on Sept. 15, 2022.
The McAdoo Wind farm provides power to the Cottonwood Substation near Afton, on Sept. 15, 2022. A smaller substation provides power to the Helios.

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Lane Kingsbery, operations manager at Helios, on Sept. 15, 2022 near Afton.

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