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White County reaps the benefits of wind power

A Houston-based company is expanding its means to harvest wind energy in White County.

Posted: Oct 12, 2017 7:38 AM
Updated: Oct 12, 2017 7:39 AM

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A Houston-based company is expanding its means to harvest wind energy in White County.

EDP Renewables recently wrapped up its latest expansion of Meadow Lake Wind Farm.

The company first began construction of the farm in 2008. Nine years later, they've invested more than $1 billion into the project.

Ryan Brown, Executive Vice President of EDP Renewables said, "White County is a perfect wind site. It's got great wind resource, it's got access to the high voltage transmission system, the land use is agricultural, primarily."

More than 350 turbines have gone up over the course of five phases with the latest wrapping up in September.

50 new turbines will produce 100 megawatts of power, providing clean energy to local power companies.

Brown says renewable energy will be used to power homes.

"Meadow Lake 5 will produce the equivalent of 26,000 Hoosier homes."

White County Commissioner, Steve Burton says the investment will also generate extra income for the county.

"We also have an economic development agreement with the wind farm that allows us to give some of that back to the schools and also to pursue some economic development in the county," said Burton.

Landowners will also bring in a little extra cash. Among those are Craig Foutch.

"It's a huge deal. It kind of gets you through some tough times. Diversification, so you're not all dependent on one source of income," said Foutch. 

Burton noted, "There's got to be that one person that doesn't care for it, but overwhelmingly we have huge public support in this area and I'm very proud of that."

EDP has already been thinking about future expansion. They have plans to start the sixth phase next year where new wind turbines will go up in White County and in neighboring Benton County.

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