West Central School Corporation Wind Turbine in Francesville, Indiana

West Central School Corporation Wind Turbine in Francesville, Indiana


Driving along Highway 14 in Francesville, Indiana we saw a strange sight–an Indiana wind turbine!

While Indiana wind farms along I65 are common, this one stood solo. What made it especially unusual? It sits behind a school, West Central High School, to be exact.

Indiana Wind Turbines: School Power

This is a good move for so many reasons.

Not only is wind power clean energy, but a school has choices. They can choose to sell the power they create through their wind turbine or they can keep the energy for themselves. It’s like having free power each and every school year!

Of course, the wind turbine has to be paid off, but after the initial expense, and only a 7-10 year wait, that’s a whole lot of free electricity.

I’ve heard that the Francesville, Indiana school corporation is looking to partner with a college–which means hands-on training in a relatively new field!

West Central School Corporation Wind Turbine

West Central School Corporation Wind Turbine in Francesville, Indiana

West Central School Corporation Wind Turbine in Francesville, Indiana


This Indiana windmill looked different than the usual windmills you see around the north-western part of the state.

It is a 321 foot tall, 900 kw, three-blade PowerWind wind turbine, a German wind turbine manufacturer.

It is not quite as tall as other area wind turbines, like the wind farm along Indiana’s I65. But it has one even more noticeable difference: the red paint job that marks this turbine as Trojan country (the school mascot)!

Indiana Wind Turbines

West Central School Corporation Wind Turbine in Francesville, Indiana

West Central School Corporation Wind Turbine in Francesville, Indiana


While it might be tempting to get close to this Indiana windmill (it sits in a field, set back from the West Central school), please try to contain yourself!

Wind turbines are very large pieces of machinery that only specialized wind turbine technicians, garbed in hard hats and steel-toe boots,  should ever approach. Instead, admire this unique piece of Indiana from the other side of the road, okay?

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West Central School Corporation
School Wind Turbine
1852 S US Highway 421
Francesville, Indiana  47946

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