Harvest Ridge Wind Farm is located in northeastern Douglas County, north of the town of Newman. The wind farm complements the area’s sprawling corn and soybean fields, providing farmers with a stable, drought-resistant cash crop in the form of landowner lease payments.
Harvest Ridge Wind Farm has an installed capacity of 200 megawatts (MW). Harvest Ridge's generation is equivalent to the consumption of more than 68,000 Illinois homes.
Harvest Ridge Wind Farm yields significant economic benefits to the community in the form of payments to landowners, local spending, and annual community investment.
Harvest Ridge represents a capital investment of approximately $280 million and will disburse up to $50 million in cumulative payments to local governments through the life of the project. The project created 250 full-time equivalent jobs during construction as well as 10 permanent jobs. Through the project’s lifecycle, millions of dollars will be spent within 50 miles of the wind farm.
Harvest Ridge Wind Farm saves more than 355 million gallons of water each year and will displace 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.
Harvest Ridge Wind Farm is compatible with other land uses and provides a stable form of income to local landowners. Millions of dollars will be paid to the wind farm’s landowners through the life of the project. 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.
Harvest Ridge Wind Farm consists of 11 Vestas V136 3.7 MW wind turbines and 37 Vestas V150 4.3 MW wind turbines.
Made in the USA
The vast majority of wind farm equipment is manufactured in the United States.