Utility Scale Wind Farm Dedicated in Ohio

Ohio has taken a step forward on the path of renewable energy as the American Municipal Power-Ohio/Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm goes on-line. The developers said it is the first utility-scale wind energy project in the state.

Bowling Green, Ohio – November 10, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The AMP-Ohio/Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm is located at the Wood County landfill, southwest of the city of Bowling Green. It consists of two 1.8 MW wind turbines, interconnected to the regional electric grid through a Bowling Green Municipal Utilities substation. The estimated combined output of the units will be 6,891MWh per year, providing enough power to supply approximately 780 homes, according to the developers. “This is a tremendous project and represents a milestone in the state of Ohio,” said AMP-Ohio President Marc Gerken. “AMP-Ohio has dedicated itself to promoting diversification of generation resources on behalf of our member systems, and in doing so we have increased the use of renewable resources. This wind project joins our existing mix of renewable energy from hydro and landfill gas and puts us at the forefront wind generation efforts in Ohio.” Partnering with AMP-Ohio on this project is Austin, Texas-based Green Mountain Energy Company. Green Mountain has contracted to purchase the green attributes of the energy produced at the wind farm, thereby lowering the cost of the energy sold to participating communities. “These wind turbines are as powerful as any in the country and are the biggest wind generators east of the Rockies,” said Ron Prater, general manager of Green Mountain Energy’s Midwest and East regions. “Their significance is more than their size. It’s the fact that we now are generating commercial electricity from wind.” Each turbine sits atop its own 257-foot tower. The rotors have three 132-foot blades, which at their high point reaches nearly 400 feet in the air. The units operate at wind speed of 9 to 56 mph, and can withstand wind speeds of up to 133 mph. At a wind speed of 31.3 mph, the generator will be at full capacity of 1.8 MW. Nominal rotation speed for the rotor will be 16.8 rpm.
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