Lost Lakes Wind Farm is located approximately three miles west of the town of Milford in northwest Iowa on pristine agricultural and pasture land in Dickinson County. The land is mainly used to grow corn and soybeans, and the Little Sioux River runs along the east side of the project area. Lost Lakes Wind Farm includes farmland in Lakeville, Okoboji, Excelsior, and West Port townships.
Lost Lakes Wind Farm has an installed capacity of 101 megawatts (MW). Lost Lakes' generation is equivalent to the consumption of more than 28,000 Iowa homes.
Lost Lakes Wind Farm yields significant economic benefits to the community in the form of payments to landowners, local spending, and annual community investment.
Lost Lakes represents a capital investment of approximately $221 million and has disbursed $4 million in cumulative payments to local governments through 2019. The project created 114 full-time equivalent jobs during construction as well as 11 permanent jobs. Through 2019, approximately $13.9 million has been spent within 50 miles of the wind farm.
Lost Lakes Wind Farm saves more than 178 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.
Lost Lakes Wind Farm is compatible with other land uses and provides a stable form of income to local landowners. More than $7.1 million has been paid to the wind farm’s landowners since 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.
Lost Lakes Wind Farm consists of 61 Vestas V82 1.65 MW wind turbines.
Made in the USA
The vast majority of wind farm equipment is manufactured in the United States.