I spoke yesterday about the holiday trip my family took up north. In the evening, I took a peek at some of the pictures we took and couldn’t help but be in awe of the wind farm pictures we each tried to get at 75mph. This was one of the most amazing sights I’d ever seen (and I’ve seen some pretty cool shit in my travels – think Panama canal, Suez canal, desert in Bahrain, whales and porpoises next to the ship, etc., etc., etc.).
Unfortunately, we did not get any pictures of the wind farm at night on the way back down south. At night was just as spectacular. We were driving down the road, and all of a sudden, there were all these red lights. I remember, at first, I thought they were marking a runway of some sort, but then I realized we were no where near an airport that I’d seen. There were what seemed to be hundreds of wind turbines lit up with red notification lights that seemed to go on forever. We saw the lights flashing, in neat little lines almost like rows of corn (only higher in the sky). I’m not even really sure a picture of this would have come out well in the long run; but I can tell you, it will be one of the coolest things I will be able to recall in my mind when I get down on the state of our discussions regarding the environment.
When I got home, I did a little research, and was surprised to find out the extent to which Indiana has invested in Wind Power. Go Indiana! I’m not sure if other states are as invested, but all states should take a look at what Indiana is doing. The link is a wikipedia link, but if you do a bing search, you’ll find all the information you could want on the topic. Its worth perusing, in my humble opinion.
I think the Wind Farm we passed is the Fowler Ridge Wind Farm. From Wikipedia: “The Fowler Ridge Wind Farm is a wind farm in Benton County, Indiana, near the city of Fowler, IN about 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Lafayette and 90 miles (140 km) northwest of Indianapolis. Fowler Ridge was originally developed in 2005 and 2006 by Orion Energy, LLC (Oakland, CA) and Vision Energy, LLC (Cincinnati, OH) and later sold in 2007 to BP and Dominion Resources. The project was constructed beginning in 2008 in two phases and has a nameplate capacity of 600 MW.” As with all forms of energy, there are pros and cons; and as a company, Dominion Resources has apparently dealt with their share of cons when it comes to the company’s environmental record. And I suspect the Wind Farms owned by Dominion Resources are supposed to outweigh the toxicant emissions in the court of public opinion.
Whatever you think about all this, on the surface, the Wind Farms by themselves are incredibly beautiful and while maybe they do muddy up some of the wide open spaces, they sure beat nasty liver, musculoskeletal and skin organ toxicants being dumped in our waterways and air. The particular wind farm I saw is approximately 182 turbines that will help save the state of Indiana 1,684 million gallons of water and eliminate 3.1 million tons of CO2 emissions.
So, there’s that…