Meadow Lake Wind Farm consists of six phases and is located in northwestern Indiana in Benton and White counties, northwest of Indianapolis. The site is advantageous as a location for modern wind power electrical generation as the area is a strong, proven wind resource.
Meadow Lake Wind Farm will have an installed capacity of 801.25 megawatts (MW). Meadow Lake's generation will be equivalent to the consumption of 203,000 Indiana homes.
Meadow Lake Wind Farm yields significant economic benefits to the community in the form of payments to landowners, local spending, and annual community investment.
Meadow Lake represents a capital investment of approximately $1 billion and has disbursed $11.3 million in cumulative payments to local governments through 2019. The project created 429 full-time equivalent jobs during construction as well as 63 permanent jobs. Through 2019, approximately $65.4 million has been spent within 50 miles of the wind farm.
Meadow Lake Wind Farm saves more than 1.4 billion 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.
Meadow Lake Wind Farm is compatible with other land uses and provides a stable form of income to local landowners. More than $51.3 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.
Meadow Lake I Wind Farm consists of 121 Vestas V82 1.65 MW wind turbines, Meadow Lake II Wind Farm consists of 66 Acciona AW-82 1.5 MW wind turbines, Meadow Lake III Wind Farm consists of 69 GE sle 1.5 MW wind turbines, Meadow Lake IV Wind Farm consists of 47 Suzlon S88 2.1 MW wind turbines, Meadow Lake V Wind Farm consists of 50 Vestas V110 2 MW wind turbines, and Meadow Lake VI Wind Farm consists of 12 Vestas V110 2 MW wind turbines and 49 Vestas V136 3.6 MW wind turbines.