Home of the first windfarm in Benton County: http://www.earlparkindiana.com/windfarm.html
There are four developers in Benton County
2007: Orion Energy Group LLC = 87 turbines = 130.5 megawatts, approved for 135 turbines
2008: BP phase I & III = 222 turbines = 402 megawatts, approved for 460
2009: BP phase II = 133 turbines = 199.5 megawatts ** for all phases I-IV
2010: enXco = 53 turbines = 106 megawatts, approved for 53
2015: Pattern Energy= 65 turbines=150 megawatts, approved for 65
Total = 560 turbines = 988 megawatts, total approval for 648 turbines.
1. Orion Energy-Benton County Wind Farm- is approved for 135 turbines
This project covers 11 square miles of the northwest corner of the county in Richland and York Townships.
So far, 87 GE 1.5 megawatt turbines equaling 130.5 megawatts are standing.
Duke Energy has purchased 135 megawatts from this farm.
Electricity goes to a substation in Kentland and then to the Chicago market.
2. BP Alternative Energy- Fowler Ridge Wind Farm-is approved for 460 turbines
In Phase 1 & 3, 222 turbines equaling 402 megawatts were built. 182 Vestas V-82 1.65 megawatt turbines and 40
Clipper C-96, 2.5 megawatt turbines=222 turbines. In phase 2, 133 GE 1.5 MW turbines were built, equaling 199.5 MW.
Dominion Resources, Richmond, Virginia has purchased 600 megawatts, which will go to Appalachian Electric Co.
Vectren has purchased 50 megawatts from the BP Phase ll and will likely be one of the companies to purchase power that
will be used in Indiana.
3. enXco-Hoosier Wind Farm- is approved for 53 turbines equaling 106 megawatts
This project covers seven square miles of the North-East corner of the county in Union & Gilboa township covering
approximately 6,000 acre site.
53 RePower 2.0 turbines are used for this farm.
enXco is partnering with Indianapolis Power and Light Co. to produce a 102 megawatt wind turbine energy generator facility.
4. Pattern Energy-Fowler Ridge IV- Amazon Wind Farm-is approved for 65 turbines
This project covers Center North section of Benton County- Center, Parish Grove and Richland, 7x8 mile coverage.
65 Siemens 2.3 MW a08 meter rotors for 150 MWs.
Amazon Web Services ( Amazon.com) will be using 116 MW of the electricity.
Pattern purchased the land agreements for phase IV from BP.
Entered commercial operations on January 1, 2016