Prairie Queen Wind Farm is located in northeastern Allen County, near the cities of Moran and La Harpe. The project complements the area's mixed agricultural landscape and provides local farmers with a stable, drought-resistant cash crop in the form of landowner lease payments.
Prairie Queen Wind Farm has an installed capacity of 199.275 megawatts (MW). Prairie Queen's generation is equivalent to the consumption of more than 54,000 Kansas homes.
Prairie Queen Wind Farm yields significant economic benefits to the community in the form of payments to landowners, local spending, and annual community investment.
Prairie Queen represents a capital investment of approximately $278 million and will disburse millions of dollars in payments to local governments through the life of the project. The project created 350 full-time equivalent jobs during construction as well as 21 permanent jobs. Through 2019, approximately $2.8 million has been spent within 50 miles of the wind farm.
Prairie Queen Wind Farm saves more than 355 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.
Prairie Queen 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. 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.
Prairie Queen Wind Farm consists of 48 Gamesa G132 3.55 MW wind turbines and 11 Gamesa G126 2.625 MW wind turbines.
Made in the USA
The vast majority of wind farm equipment is manufactured in the United States.