Blue Canyon Wind Farm consists of four phases and is located on the Slick Hills terrain of southwestern Oklahoma near the city of Apache in Caddo, Comanche, and Kiowa Counties.
Blue Canyon Wind Farm has an installed capacity of 423.45 megawatts (MW). Blue Canyon's generation is equivalent to the consumption of more than 94,000 Oklahoma homes.
Blue Canyon Wind Farm yields significant economic benefits to the community in the form of payments to landowners, local spending, and annual community investment.
Blue Canyon represents a capital investment of approximately $932 million and has disbursed $17.6 million in cumulative payments to local governments through 2019. The project created 582 full-time equivalent jobs during construction as well as 64 permanent jobs. Through 2019, approximately $45.8 million has been spent within 50 miles of the wind farm.
Blue Canyon Wind Farm saves more than 753 million gallons of water each year and displaces carbon emissions from fossil fuel power plants, a major contributor to climate change. Wind energy also enhances air quality by helping to mitigate the health effects of harmful air pollutants.
Blue Canyon Wind Farm is compatible with other land uses and provides a stable form of income to local landowners. More than $25.3 million has been paid to the wind farm’s landowners through 2019. These supportive landowners participate in long-term lease and easement agreements that cover turbines, access roads, and transmission corridors.
Modern wind turbine generators are sophisticated, high-tech machines designed to capture the kinetic energy of the wind and convert it into electricity. A turbine’s blades capture the wind and rotate an internal shaft connected to a gearbox spinning a generator to produce electricity.
Blue Canyon I Wind Farm consists of 45 Vestas NM72 1.65 MW wind turbines, Blue Canyon II Wind Farm consists of 84 Vestas V80 1.8 MW wind turbines, Blue Canyon V Wind Farm consists of 66 GE sle 1.5 MW wind turbines, and Blue Canyon VI Wind Farm consists of 55 Vestas V90 1.8 MW wind turbines.
Made in the USA
The vast majority of wind farm equipment is manufactured in the United States.