Community Welcomes Iowa Windfarm

The Top of Iowa Windfarm has been dedicated at a ceremony involving landowners and community residents.

KENSETT, Iowa, US, 2001-12-21 [SolarAccess.com] The 80 MW facility has 89 NEG Micon 900 kW turbines on 235 foot tubular towers spread over 5,500 acres of cropland in western Worth County. The operations building for the windfarm is a converted farmer’s barn that was relocated and retrofitted. The site was selected for its wind resource, proximity to growing power markets, and strong community support. The windfarm is a joint venture of Midwest Renewable Energy Corp and Zilkha Renewable Energy of Texas. Midwest initiated development last year and Zilkha provided the capital. The windfarm is selling the 80 MW output to Alliant Energy of Madison, Wisconsin under a long-term power purchase agreement to supply power to 20,000 homes. Fifty local landowners are participating in windfarm, calling the facility a good thing for the environment and the farm community. Steve Dryden, president of MREC, says one of the biggest rewards of developing the project is to see local farmers provided with a new crop and new economic activity. “The windfarm not only provides an environmentally-friendly power alternative, but it also creates a tax base for our county and supplemental income for farmers,” adds Bev Pangburn of the local Board of Supervisors. The windfarm will provide US$500,000 in annual taxes starting in 2009. Zilkha of Houston has built or acquired 250 MW of projects in the U.S., central America and Europe.
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