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Published on January 9th, 2009 | by Ariel Schwartz

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Iowa Planning One Billion Dollar Wind Farm

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January 9th, 2009 by  

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Having almost been run off the road by Iowa’s gusty winds, I’m not surprised to hear about the state’s interest in wind energy. But the scale of its current project— a one billion dollar wind farm— is truly impressive. The proposed Trade Wind Energy farm will feature 335 wind generators that can produce up to 500 MW of energy. Each generator will be able to power 500 to 1,000 homes.

The generators will each be at least 1,000 feet apart, and property owners in the vicinity will receive rent for use of wind rights.

Project details haven’t been finalized, however, and the number of wind generators will ultimately depend on success in leasing property rights. But Trade Wind Energy representatives are confident that the project will go ahead as planned since some leases have already been signed and area farmers seem receptive.

If the wind farm is approved, construction will begin in 3 to 5 years.

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was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.



  • Noah

    You would think that when they purchase that many wind turbines, they would get reduced individual unit price. I mean, 1 billion bucks for 500mw? I don’t think I see an economy of scale here. I could be wrong though.

    Still, if each state that has viable wind starts investing big in wind, price will go down (as production is ramped up), and its good for our economy. Clean power, low maintenance, and gradual replacement in a few decades with more efficient ones! Keeps jobs.

  • Noah

    You would think that when they purchase that many wind turbines, they would get reduced individual unit price. I mean, 1 billion bucks for 500mw? I don’t think I see an economy of scale here. I could be wrong though.

    Still, if each state that has viable wind starts investing big in wind, price will go down (as production is ramped up), and its good for our economy. Clean power, low maintenance, and gradual replacement in a few decades with more efficient ones! Keeps jobs.

  • Byron

    Exciting news! Where is the proposed windfarm?

  • Byron

    Exciting news! Where is the proposed windfarm?

  • chrisp

    Need to update the grid ASAP! That is part of Obama’s plan. Hopefully it happens. Fix the infrastructure! And of course there are those who state it is too costly, the Big OC (Oil and Coal) But it will be much more costly if we don’t… Specifically to National Security. Don’t base thoughts on today’s technologies… Those of limited resources. Here is our chance to show the world we mean it.

  • chrisp

    Need to update the grid ASAP! That is part of Obama’s plan. Hopefully it happens. Fix the infrastructure! And of course there are those who state it is too costly, the Big OC (Oil and Coal) But it will be much more costly if we don’t… Specifically to National Security. Don’t base thoughts on today’s technologies… Those of limited resources. Here is our chance to show the world we mean it.

  • http://www.cityeyesphoto.com Kyle

    This is really great news. Although I don’t think we should be completely relying on wind power at the moment – it’s a bit too expensive and inefficient – it’s a great stepping stone to the next big power solution.

  • http://www.cityeyesphoto.com Kyle

    This is really great news. Although I don’t think we should be completely relying on wind power at the moment – it’s a bit too expensive and inefficient – it’s a great stepping stone to the next big power solution.

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