Meridian Way Wind Farm consists of two phases and is located on the windy plains of north-central Kansas in Cloud County, eight miles south of Concordia.
Meridian Way Wind Farm has an installed capacity of 201 megawatts (MW). Meridian Way's generation is equivalent to the consumption of more than 54,000 Kansas homes.
Meridian Way Wind Farm yields significant economic benefits to the community in the form of payments to landowners, local spending, and annual community investment.
Meridian Way represents a capital investment of approximately $442 million and has disbursed $2.6 million in cumulative payments to local governments through 2019. The project created 246 full-time equivalent jobs during construction as well as 25 permanent jobs. Through 2019, approximately $17.3 million has been spent within 50 miles of the wind farm.
Meridian Way Wind Farm saves more than 357 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.
Meridian Way Wind Farm is compatible with other land uses and provides a stable form of income to local landowners. More than $11.8 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.
Meridian Way I Wind Farm consists of 35 Vestas V90 3 MW wind turbines, and Meridian Way II Wind Farm consists of 32 Vestas V90 3 MW wind turbines.
Made in the USA
The vast majority of wind farm equipment is manufactured in the United States.