Other countries have unveiled plans recently for large-scale renewable energy projects, but the U.S. has some impressive projects of its own. Trade Wind Energy is planning a very ambitious wind farm in Iowa. One that will cost $1.5 billion and, when completed, will generate 500 MW of energy.
The wind farm will consist of 335 turbines, each able to power 500 to 1,000 homes, that means that if all goes as plannned, this project could power a total of 167,500 to 335,000 homes. The turbines will be placed 1,000 feet apart on land that will be leased from area property owners, many of which are farmers. Trade Wind Energy says that some leases have already been signed and neighboring farmers are supportive of the project.
If enough property can be leased and other red tape is cleared, construction on the wind farm will begin in three to five years. It's great to see large-scale projects like these starting to take hold. As smaller-scale ones prove successful, I hope that more states will sign on for ambitious projects like this one. The price tag is expensive, but it's the type of investment that needs to happen if we want renewable energy powering our lives.
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