Rail Splitter Wind Farm is located in Tazewell and Logan Counties, north of the town of Lincoln. The wind farm is near the towns of Delavan, Hopedale, and Emden on a glacial moraine known as Union Ridge.
Rail Splitter Wind Farm has an installed capacity of 100.5 megawatts (MW). Rail Splitter's generation is equivalent to the consumption of more than 34,000 Illinois homes.
Rail Splitter Wind Farm yields significant economic benefits to the community in the form of payments to landowners, local spending, and annual community investment.
Rail Splitter represents a capital investment of approximately $221 million and has disbursed $7.9 million in cumulative payments to local governments through 2019. The project created 73 full-time equivalent jobs during construction as well as 20 permanent jobs. Through 2019, approximately $23.3 million has been spent within 50 miles of the wind farm.
Rail Splitter 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.
Rail Splitter Wind Farm is compatible with other land uses and provides a stable form of income to local landowners. More than $12.5 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.
Rail Splitter Wind Farm consists of 67 GE sle 1.5 MW wind turbines.
Made in the USA
The vast majority of wind farm equipment is manufactured in the United States.