Meadow Lake Wind Farm
|Meadow Lake Wind Farm|
|Status||Phases I to IV operating; phases V and VI proposed|
|Owner(s)||EDP Renewables North America|
|Units operational||various types|
|Nameplate capacity||500 MW (installed)
1,000 MW (max. planned)
The 500 MW Meadow Lake Wind Farm is a wind farm near Brookston and Chalmers, Indiana, spreading over portions of White, Jasper, and Benton Counties in Indiana, owned and operated by EDP Renewables North America. The wind farm is undergoing construction in phases, and could eventually reach a combined nameplate capacity of 1000 MW with over 600 wind turbines. The farm can be seen by travellers prominently on both sides of Interstate 65, which runs through the area.
Phase I consists of 121 Vestas V82 1.65 MW wind turbines, for a total nameplate capacity of 199.65 MW. Groundbreaking ceremonies occurred on April 14, 2009. Phase I became operational in October, 2009.
Horizon built a substation next to an existing AEP substation which was already within the wind farm site area. This allowed the wind farm to connect to the power grid without the need to build lengthy new transmission line at a cost of $1 million per mile.
Meadow Lake II Wind Farm has an installed capacity of 99 MW – enough to power approximately 27,000 average Indiana homes with clean energy each year. The wind farm, which consists of 66 Acciona AWs 1.5 MW turbines, achieved commercial operation in June 2010.
Meadow Lake III Wind Farm has an installed capacity of 103.5 MW – enough to power approximately 28,000 average Indiana homes with clean energy each year. The wind farm, which consists of 69 GE sle 1.5 MW turbines, achieved commercial operation in October 2010.
Meadow Lake IV Wind Farm has an installed capacity of 98.7 MW – enough to power approximately 27,000 average Indiana homes with clean energy each year. The wind farm, which achieved commercial operation in October 2010, consists of 47 Suzlon S88 2.1 MW turbines.
Phases V and VI
At the planned nameplate capacity of 1000 MW, EDP Renewables North America claims that Meadow Lake would be one of the largest wind farms in the world. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that such facilities would generate enough electricity to power about 250,000 homes, annually saving 1,684 million gallons of water and eliminating 3.1 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Horizon further estimates that Phases I and II should eliminate just under one million tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
Phase I spreads over 26,000 acres (110 km2) a ten by six mile area since large wind turbines must be spaced at least 5 to 10 rotor diameters apart to avoid wind shadowing. Most of the land between turbines remains productive farmland; only about 250 acres (1.0 km2) of farmland have been taken out of production by the 121 turbines.
In early 2010, a EDP Renewables representative and local renewable energy advocates scouted the Meadow Lake project area for a location to build a visitor center. One possibility was an unused building near the intersection of I-65 and US-231 ( ), near where a wind turbine will be installed within the next year.
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