Wind Farms

Benton County, home to the first wind farms in Indiana…

Over the last couple years, the horizon of Benton County has drastically changed. Visitors and residents now see hundreds of wind turbines among the seas of corn and soybeans fields.

We are among one of the largest single concentrated Wind Farms in the United States……620 so far!

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BENEFITS

 

Wind power, electricity generated by capturing the wind’s energy with modern wind turbines, is one of the lowest-cost, renewable electricity alternatives currently available. Wind power is a clean, domestic electricity resource that has seen a tremendous amount of growth and technology improvement over the past several years...

Economic Benefits
  • Businesses and the housing market benefited from the workers that were here when developing the farms and those that have stayed to maintain the farms.

  • Increased workforce—over 95 new jobs with an average pay of $40,000/year, benefits ad paid vacation .

  • A new tourism center.

  • Additional uses for our rich farm ground.

Government Benefits

Income from the wind farms has allowed our county council and commissioners to work together in paying off county debts.

Town Benefits

Received money for projects developed within their community.

Resident Benefits
  • Lower property taxes.

  • Major road improvements.

School Benefits

Benton Community School Corporation received a monetary gift from Benton County government.

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Most people are intrigued by the wind turbines. One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is

“Can we take a tour?” and our answer is “Absolutely!” 

Wind Tours Include


  • A video presentation with Q & A
  • Walk up and touch a blade
  • View a wind tourbine from 100 foot distance (with a signed waiver)




Tour Prices


  • Tours with 20 people or less = $75.00 flat fee
  • Tours with 21 people or more = $5.00 per person and $3.00 per students (Includes college students with ID)




Hours of Operation


Tours run from April thru October by appointment only Monday thru Saturday Tours held at 410 S Adeway, Fowler IN




Schedule a Tour Today


Contact Benton County Economic Development 706 E 5th St. Suite 11 Fowler IN 47944 PH: 765-884-2080 Office Hours Mon - Fri 8:30am - 4:00pm c losed major holidays windtours@bentoncounty.in.gov





TOURS

 

FACTS

 

Price of a Turbine


The cost of a single turbine is just over 1.2 million per megawatt (MW)




To the Grid


Overhead utility lines pulled by helicopter costs approximately $1 million per mile




How Much Power


Number of homes powered by 1 turbine: 420 homes - GE 1.5 MW 462 homes - Vestas 1.65 MW 500 homes - RePower 2.0 MW 700 homes - Siemens 2.3 MW 700 homes - Clipper 2.5 MW




Just How Fast


The speed of the turbine's blades at their tips is approximately 120 mph at 14rpm




Lift This


The heaviest component of the wind turbine is the nacelle with the blades. For example, the clipper is 2.5 MW, and weighs 158,000 pounds.




Underground


A turbines foundation consists of 377 yards of concrete (33 truckloads) and about 139 tons of of rebar and mounting hardware and are approximately 10' deep and 60' wide





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BENTON COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


765-884-2080 
 

706 E. 5th Street, Suite 11
Fowler, IN 47944

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