Indiana Wind Turbines 2: Wind Power Questions Answered!

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Indiana Wind Turbines 2: Wind Power Questions Answered!

Indiana Wind Farm Along Interstate 65

Indiana Wind Farm Along Interstate 65

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! Please, review the comments carefully on both pages before asking your questions. Most likely they have already been answered!

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

Indiana Wind Farms

Indiana Wind Farm Along Interstate 65

Indiana Wind Farm Along Interstate 65

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.

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.

Wind Turbines Costs

Indiana Wind Farm Along Interstate 65

Indiana Wind Farm Along Interstate 65

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 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 ofย  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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Jessica Nunemaker is the Owner of Little More than a website, Little Indiana is a book, "Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations" (IU Press) awarded first place in the "Best in Indiana Journalism for a Nonfiction Book" by the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Little Indiana is also a bi-monthly newspaper column in a local paper and a PBS segment on the former Emmy award-winning program, "The Weekly Special."


  1. mary stevenson February 1, 2014 at 9:00 am

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

  2. Dan October 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    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. Brooke August 26, 2012 at 12:31 am

    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. Jim McBride August 18, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    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?

  5. Jessica Nunemaker August 1, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. s marvin August 1, 2012 at 10:21 am

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

  7. Jessica Nunemaker July 25, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Thanks! I’m glad you found it helpful! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. mark perry July 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    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. ada July 12, 2012 at 6:08 pm

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

  10. Pat Stahly June 27, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    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. Chris Rosendaul June 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    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 June 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    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 June 13, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    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. Liz June 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    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. Mark Kreps June 4, 2012 at 12:25 am

    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. Sharon May 3, 2012 at 9:03 am

    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. Gary Hamm April 11, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    what are the demensions of the wind turbines in northern indiana

  18. Jessica Nunemaker March 14, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    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. Charlene March 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    How many turbines are there around rensallaer on 65?

  20. Lane Martin January 17, 2012 at 10:00 am

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

  21. Jessica Nunemaker October 24, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    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 October 24, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Jessica Nunemaker October 24, 2011 at 7:47 pm

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

  24. John Butler October 24, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    would like to know where the turbines were manufactured?

  25. Ariadne October 23, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    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. Lana October 22, 2011 at 6:40 am

    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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