John Deere Wind Energy is now producing energy at Harvest, the state’s first commercial wind farm. The 3,200 acre installation has 32 windmills in Huron County’s Oliver and Chandler townships. According to Windmill farm starts to generate power in Huron County from mLive:
A total of 32 windmills were installed last year on 3,200 acres in Huron County’s Oliver and Chandler townships, representing an investment of more than $90 million, local planners say. Farmers who leased their land for windmill plots will share in the sale of power generated by the 1.65-megawatt turbines….
Harvest has a total capacity of about 53 megawatts, enough to power more than 15,000 homes.
Red Tape Blog says that this project moved Michigan from 30th to 22nd in the nation in wind power generation. Here is a video from John Deere touting their wind energy investment. If you’re wondering why a tractor company is becoming a big player in wind, read John Deere’s renewable energy harvest from CNN.
Over on Michigan in Pictures today we have another cool photo by Keith DeLong (n8xd).