Hoosier Wind Farm

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Hoosier Wind Farm
CountryUnited States of America
LocationFowler, Indiana
Coordinates40°36′0″N 87°19′12″W / 40.60000°N 87.32000°W / 40.60000; -87.32000Coordinates: 40°36′0″N 87°19′12″W / 40.60000°N 87.32000°W / 40.60000; -87.32000
StatusOperational
Commission dateOctober 2009
Owner(s)IPL, enXco
Power generation
Units operational53 REpower wind turbines, @2 MW
Nameplate capacity106 MW

Hoosier Wind Farm is a wind farm in Benton County, Indiana. It consists of 53 REpower 2 MW wind turbines, for a total nameplate capacity of 106 MW.[1][2] The enXco subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles built the wind farm, with Mortenson Construction's Renewable Energy Group as the subcontractor.[3] Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) has a 20-year contract to purchase and distribute the wind farm's output.[4]

History[edit]

IPL and enXco announced their plan to build the wind farm in April, 2008.[4] The original plan called for 67 GE 1.5 MW wind turbines.[4] By the time construction started in April 2009, the plan had changed to use REpower 2.0 MW wind turbines instead, with 80m towers.[3] At the time of construction, Hoosier was only the third wind farm in the United States to use REpower wind turbines, after Goodnoe Hills Wind Farm in Goldendale, Washington, and Shiloh Wind Farm Phase II in Birds Landing, California (also constructed by enXco and Mortenson).[3] Construction took six months.[1]

The groundbreaking ceremony on April 17, 2009, included Indiana Lt. Governor Becky Skillman and other government and industry officials.[5]

Environmental impact[edit]

IPL expects Hoosier to generate enough power for 29,000 homes and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 348,000 tons per year.[1] This is equivalent to the annual emissions from 58,000 cars.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Indianapolis Power & Light Co. - Wind Farm". Indianapolis Power & Light. Archived from the original on 2010-09-26. Retrieved 2010-03-14.
  2. ^ "U.S. Wind Energy Projects - Indiana". American Wind Energy Association. 2009-12-31. Archived from the original on September 18, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
  3. ^ a b c "Construction to Begin on Another Indiana Wind Project". Inside Indiana Business. 2009-04-17. Archived from the original on 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2010-03-14.
  4. ^ a b c "IPL Announces Hoosier Wind Project". Inside Indiana Business. 2008-04-24. Archived from the original on 2008-09-20. Retrieved 2010-03-14.
  5. ^ "April Ground Breaking Scheduled for Hoosier Wind Park". Mortenson Construction. 2009-02-16. Retrieved 2010-03-14.

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