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Indiana Wind Turbines Part 2: Wind Power Questions Answered!

Indiana Wind Turbines

Indiana Wind Turbines

Indiana Wind Turbines have taken up large blocks of land along I-65 and beyond. After my first article detailing these majestic mammoths, I received emails and comments from little Indiana readers who just had to know more!

Your burning wind turbine questions have been answered, once again, by my husband, Jeremy Nunemaker.

Indiana Wind Farms

Is it farm-able? If someone leases land to a wind turbine company, can they still farm it?
Absolutely. The footprint of a wind turbine, aka the base, takes up no more space than your average living room!

How noisy are these? If one goes up near my home, will I still be able to sleep at night?
Noise levels of modern wind turbines depends on details such as size, height, age, etc. As far as large commercial wind turbines, such as what you see along I-65, the most common noise is the whistle of the blades passing.

This makes sense when you realize the tips of those blades can be traveling around 300mph, however the sound produced is less than the noise produced by traffic passing a typical home.

Indiana Wind Farms: Turbines Near I65

Indiana Wind Farms: Turbines Near I65

How big and small are Indiana wind turbines?
Wind turbines range in size from small units that power single appliances such as a cell phone charger and are only as big as your hand to larger units that help power your home and can be the size of a sofa.

There are also commercial wind turbines that range from 40-50 ft tall all the way to the “latest and greatest” which are coming close to four hundred feet tall.

There are many companies out there that provide smaller wind turbines that help power residential homes or other small scale applications. An internet search for residential wind turbines would give you a list of these small turbine companies.

Are they only practical or available for sale in areas like Northwest Indiana with wide open flat space?
Wind turbines are applicable over a wide range of terrain, it’s hard to rule out a particular area simply because of its terrain.

Indiana Wind Turbines

Indiana Wind Turbines

Indiana is a good candidate for wind power because it is largely flat and open, however states such as West Virginia also have wind farms because of  increased wind speeds present in the mountainous areas. The only way to know is to look into having a wind study done of your area.

You can also look into wind charts compiled in the past by the government. Many of these are dated but are a great place to start your search and help you decide whether or not wind power is an option in your area.

Over time what is the value or cost of energy that they produce compared with the costs of buying them?
In general, the value of a wind turbine is very hard to calculate. Energy production varies greatly due to the available winds for a particular site and therefore affects the value.

Wind Energy in Indiana

It’s a fast growing field and pretty incredible that Hoosiers, especially those in small Indiana towns, are such a crucial part of this green energy source.

Do you have new questions? Feel free to ask below!

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About Jessica Nunemaker

Jessica Nunemaker is the little Indiana owner and Host of a little Indiana segment state-wide on PBS. Sometimes, she even sleeps. You'll usually find Jessica gallivanting around Indiana towns (population 15,000 and less) with her husband, Jeremy, and two boys (ages 9 and 5) in tow in search of where to stay, play and eat in small towns across the state! Small towns: destinations, not drive-thrus!

26 comments

  1. does having these turbines on your land devalue the price of the land? two on 210 acres

  2. The turbine on I-65 how much did each one cost and how much kWh does it make? I want to see if this could be a feasible power supply for my project.

  3. I know that only 26% of the wind energy produced by these Indiana turbines power Indiana utilities. Where does the rest of the percent of the wind power go?

  4. How much does one wind turbine cost along I-65? Are these wind turbines a federal government initative? How much is paid for with public dollars? How much with private dollars? How long does it take to pay for the construction of one with the electricity it produces?
    Thanks,
    Jim

  5. Jessica Nunemaker

    Nope. They can use planes or not. It’s an option that spraying companies can use but they can do whatever it is they’d like to do! :)

  6. we saw helicopters weaving around the turbines. are they spraying the crops because planes are to big to maneuver around them?

  7. Jessica Nunemaker

    Thanks! I’m glad you found it helpful! :)

  8. Thanks Jessica for you articles. Having traveled this are this weekend I was very curious to know more about the wind farms. You articles were at the top of my search results.
    I will continue to check back for future articles. the topic is very interesting.

  9. Do the windfarms power electric for the residentials homes in Indiania?

  10. What does it cost to build, transport and set up one of these wind turbines both to the individual or the company putting up one.

  11. I have recently traveled to Peoria Il, from Ohio on us 24 and noticed both times that 90% of the turbines on those wind farms have not been running. What is the reason for that?

  12. Jessica Nunemaker

    For ease of collecting the electrical energy, wind turbines are spread out. The actual footprint of a wind turbine is quite small, as answered in the article above.

    The turbines rotate themselves toward the wind. They do that on their own!

    You can purchase your own residential wind turbine. They are significantly smaller than most commercial wind turbines but will do the job!

  13. Jessica Nunemaker

    The power is produced locally, used locally, but for accounting purchases, paid for by residents of New York. All power produced anywhere in the US is fed into a nationwide grid. So, all power used is produced locally. Others buy wind turbine electricity because they may receive tax credits or because they are required to purchase this sort of renewable energy by law in their state.

    The parent company is a Portuguese company, however, EDPR is the American branch of that company.

  14. I recently visited family in Monon, White County. I was told the huge windfarm I passed (Rt.43) was owned by a Portuguese company. Also, that the electricity produced was for the use of New York. Please explain again how electricity purchased from Indiana by, say, New York, is actually produced locally in New York. I don’t quite understand this arrangement.

  15. Why don’t they stick the wind turbin’s together instead of spreading them out? Is it possible to have my own wind mill in town and stick those blades in all kinds of directions and generate enough energy to power my home? My great great grandparents used wind mills and the Amish do.

  16. If the tip of the turbine blade takes 4 seconds to complete the full rotation how fast is the tip of the blade going?

  17. what are the demensions of the wind turbines in northern indiana

  18. Jessica Nunemaker

    There are 300 wind turbines at the farm directly ON I-65 HOWEVER–there are 4-5 OTHER wind farms in the very near area (you can see them from I-65 as well) that have a combined total of somewhere around 500.

  19. How many turbines are there around rensallaer on 65?

  20. Who paid to hook the wind farm on I65 to the grid ? How much energy have they produced ?

  21. Jessica Nunemaker

    You get an induced current from any kind of power line. The higher the power, the more induced current–on any kind of power line no matter where it’s coming from. (these are hubs words, by the way) There have been studies that say it could increase your risk for cancer but it’s the same risk that runs with any kind of power line running near people. It’s the same effect whether it’s the power lines running to your house it’s just that there is less of a current i.e. lower power.

  22. Jessica Nunemaker

    They are set to automatically turn themselves away from strong winds (like from a hurricane or tornado). They are rated to withstand a tornado.

    Northwest Indiana residents are sometimes referred to as “flatlanders.” Southern Indiana, however, is a very different story!

    Thanks for stopping by little Indiana! :)

  23. Jessica Nunemaker

    It depends. Some are made here in the US but others are made in Europe and Asia.

  24. would like to know where the turbines were manufactured?

  25. Thank you, Jessica, for some preliminary first-hand information about wind farms.
    Was doing some research after listening to your Governor Mitch Daniels on C-SPAN (Yeah, C-SPAN!). To a question about green energy in Indiana he mentioned the many wind farms across Indiana. Since there is strongly divided opinion here in Massachusetts I looked to see how it was in your state. First I’m staggered at the weight of the turbines, height of the poles and span of the blades; so the question is how have they stood up in gales, tornadoes, etc? I’m off to look that up.
    On the issue of surrounding land use, however: in Indiana the access would be fairly straight forward. On other terrains (hills, mountains) roads are difficult and damaging to build. That’s just part of what wind power opponents are justifiably worked up about.
    I ‘m an Independent, btw; try to listen to a spectrum of political p.o.v.’s. Listened to Gov. Daniels longer than most, particularly happy to hear his common sense rational for support of charter schools. Brian Lamb, of course, brings out the best in his guests, a wonderful Purdue alumn.
    Bes wishes, Ariadne

  26. When BP started setting up the power lines to from power station to power station, my husband and our neighbor kind of threw a monkey wrench in their plans and had them back the towers and lines away from the road, and more importantly our homes, so that the lines would be as far away as possible. I know there is electricity coming from the lines. It sound like I have the Rice Krispy Boys hanging out across the road on foggy and rainy days. Have there been any studies done or concerns about this “escaping electricity” on the health of those near and around it. For point of reference we live on 200 S. just off US 41 in Benton County.

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