In the wide-open farmland of northern Iowa, the two phases of the Pioneer Prairie Wind Farm turn wind into a “second crop” of clean electricity. The wind farm is located in Iowa along the Minnesota state line in Howard and Mitchell counties, stretching from Stacyville in Mitchell County into Oakdale Township in Howard County.
Pioneer Prairie Wind Farm has an installed capacity of 300.3 megawatts (MW). Pioneer Prairie's generation is equivalent to the consumption of more than 86,000 Minnesota homes.
Pioneer Prairie Wind Farm yields significant economic benefits to the community in the form of payments to landowners, local spending, and annual community investment.
Pioneer Prairie represents a capital investment of approximately $661 million and has disbursed $21.2 million in cumulative payments to local governments through 2019. The project created 338 full-time equivalent jobs during construction as well as 44 permanent jobs. Through 2019, approximately $41.7 million has been spent within 50 miles of the wind farm.
Pioneer Prairie Wind Farm saves more than 534 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.
Pioneer Prairie Wind Farm is compatible with other land uses and provides a stable form of income to local landowners. More than $17.6 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.
Pioneer Prairie I Wind Farm consists of 120 Vestas V82 1.65 MW wind turbines, and Pioneer Prairie II Wind Farm consists of 62 Vestas V82 1.65 MW wind turbines.
Made in the USA
The vast majority of wind farm equipment is manufactured in the United States.