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Blue Creek Wind Farm

I had the pleasure of joining USGBC NE Indiana for an up-close-and-personal look at Blue Creek Wind farm last week, and learned about some of the technical aspects of wind farm development.  Additionally, I gained knew insight into the community readiness aspect of alternative energy planning.  The Ohio State University Extension hosted the group, taking us right up to the base of a wind turbine to discuss how they are installed, how the site for each turbine is chosen, and the technical details of wind energy, and then walked us through a mock site selection workshop for alternative energy projects.     Blue Creek Wind Farm is located in Van Wert County and Paulding County in Ohio, and will consist of a total of 152 Gamesa G90 2.0 megawatt (MW) wind turbines on 100 meter towers, for a full capacity of 304 MW.  The turbines will generate enough electricity to power around 76,000 homes annually.  That is about 19,300 more homes than are in the two counties combined, according to the 2000 census. Iberdrola, the developer of Blue Creek Wind Farm, began the project a few years before breaking ground by opening an office in the community and opening its doors to  Continue Reading »