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Find a Wind Farm Community for You

Find a Wind Farm Community for You

Looking for a wind farm community? In today’s ever more eco-aware environment, many communities are choosing to live a lifestyle powered solely by wind power. Wind farms generate electricity through a collection of wind turbines. The energy the wind farms harness is channeled back into existing electric grids. Wind farms may consist of a few dozen to several hundred individual wind turbines spread out over hundreds of square miles. Nothing goes to waste with wind power because wind power consumes no fuel, produces no pollution, and the land in between the wind turbines can be used for agricultural or other purposes.

Wind Farm Community: Rock Port, Missouri

The 1,400 residents of Rock Port, Missouri have something to look forward to that most other Americans can’t relate to: They will not have to deal with rising energy bills for the next fifteen to twenty years. That’s because this small rural town in the northwest corner of Missouri is a wind farm community powered entirely by wind turbines, which have a life expectancy of twenty years. Rock Port is the first American town to operate solely on wind power. Loess Hills Wind Farm has four Suzlon 1.25 mega-watt wind turbines that specifically generate electricity for the whole town. The wind power is collected and transmitted to Rock Port Municipal Utilities, which then distributes it to customers throughout the town. Sometimes, there is even excess electricity. When this happens, Loess Hills sells the extra energy to the Missouri Public Utility Alliance in Columbia. Locals of this wind farm community can also make some extra money by leasing part of their property for installation of new wind turbines.

Wind Farm Communities in Texas

Texas is the top wind energy producer in the United States and is also home to the largest wind farm in the world: Horse Hollow Wind Energy Center in west central Texas covers approximately 47,000 acres and has more than 400 wind turbines. Each wind turbine generator produces enough electricity to serve an average of 250 to 300 homes on a typical day. The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the City of Austin the Wind Power Pioneer Award in 2005 for its leadership and innovation with its wind power program, whereby the municipally owned electric company buys wind-generated electricity under 10-year, fixed price contracts and then delivers it throughout the Austin electric grid. Houston is another wind farm community that powers one-third of its electricity with wind farm turbines.

Wind Farm Communities in California

California is another leader in production of wind energy and is home to some of the nation’s oldest wind farms, dating back to the 1980′s. Most of the state’s wind farms are concentrated in three locations: Altamont Pass (near San Francisco), Tehachapi Pass (southeast of Bakersfield), and San Gorgonio (near Palm Springs). Altamont Pass is one of the largest wind farms in the state and provides energy for Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento, and San Jose. The state of California as a whole is a great place to live if you are looking for wind farm communities because of its Renewable Portfolio Standard from 2002. This state ruling requires a 20 percent renewable energy total for the state’s utilities by 2020.

The only complaints American residents have filed about wind farms is that their appearance is not always something they want to look at, and some people complain about the noise. But if you are willing to put up with a few propeller blades in exchange for lower energy bills and clean energy production, a wind farm community could be the perfect new home for you and your family.

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12:26PM PST on Feb 3, 2013

We installed solar panels for electric and hot water on our passive solar farmhouse. The only birds that got killed were a few that somehow got down the chimney into the wood stove during the warm weather. I was able to save one and set it free through the back door.

7:54AM PST on Feb 13, 2012

John L, You are absolutely right, we must do everything we can to protect birds.

1st You must remove your glass patio doors, that will save 100-900+ million.

2nd We must declaw our cats, saving about 100 million.

3rd Sell your car or truck, 50-100 million more saved.

4th Take down all electrical transmission lines, save up to 174 million birds.

5th Stop all agriculture, and realize the saving of 67 million birds.

Wind turbines kill about 2 to 4 birds per tower per year depending on where the tower is placed and how it is constructed. About 45,000 birds are killed each year at turbines about the country. This knowledge comes from careful carcass counts at existing wind plants.

For those of you who are truly concerned about birds and especially concerned about truth, I suggest that you go to the following site.

http://www.currykerlinger.com/studies.htm

Sonny H, Yes, turbines are expensive to erect and maintain, yet what is the current cost of WAR in the NAME of OIL.

12:24AM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

Great site, lots of great ideas. Imagine the financial freedom we would all have if we could climb out from under the crushing burden of paying Electricity, Oil and Gas bills. Our spending power would skyrocket, new small businesses would flourish along with our Economies and the planet would sigh in relief. Too bad th...e powers that be are too stupid to realize this or they are paid off by Big Energy!!

7:56AM PDT on Mar 27, 2011

Note: The top 10 "wind" energy companies are owned and funded by Conservative/GOP groups ; Texas billionair Pickins being the most famous. Many of them are only surviving by government subsidies (tax $ taken from other areas) and many going bankrupt.

10:34AM PST on Jan 8, 2011

Thanks.

11:18PM PDT on Sep 20, 2010

The wind turbines do not have to be near the people, so the people do not have to hear the noise. The studies can be made to place the wind turbines where the birds will not fly into them.

This is excellent wind power. Let us keep up the good work!

1:01AM PDT on Sep 7, 2010

... what about birds?

7:48AM PDT on Aug 17, 2010

thank you for the information

6:49AM PDT on Aug 14, 2010

Their cost have to be too expensive to install one of them.

6:49AM PDT on Aug 14, 2010

More than them are neccesary around the world.

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