Wind Farms

 

When several wind turbines are constructed over an area, a wind facility is formed.  Because many of the wind facilities in Illinois are located in rural areas with land rented from farm owners, they are better known as wind farms.

 

Illinois was only generating 50 Megawatts (MW) of electricity when Mendota Hills opened.  In 2015, more than 3,700 MW of electricity come from wind turbines.  Illinois has enough wind potential to generate about 250,000 MW.

 

Below is a list of established wind farms nd larger individual wind turbines (sorted by completion date)  that supply electricity to the general power grid:

Mendota Hills

Lee County (2003)

63 Gamesa

51.6 MW

First wind farm constructed in Illinois.

Bureau Valley School District

Bureau County (2004)

1 Vestas

0.66 MW

First public school to use wind power for electricity. Mascot: "The Storm"

Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative (IREC)

Pike County (2005)

1 Vestas

1.65 MW

First rural electric company to use wind power for electricity; seeking additional turbines.

Crescent Ridge

Bureau County (2005)

33 Vestas

56.1 MW

First of a two-phase project. Phase two is the Providence Heights Wind Farm.

Twin Groves I and II

McLean County (2007-2008)

240 Vestas

396 MW

The largest wind farm (in turbines and power) in Illinois

Sustainable Discovery Center

Sublette, IL (2007)

1 Clipper

2.5 MW

Museum dedicated to green energy initiatives; building is LEED certified.

GSG Wind Farm

Lee and LaSalle Counties (2007)

40 Gamesa

80 MW

Camp Grove

Marshall and Stark Counties (2007)

100 GE Power

150 MW

Adam Wind Turbine

Lee County (2007)

1 Clipper

2.5 MW

AgriWind

Bureau County (2008)

4 Suzlon

8.4 MW

Small communities and local electric utilities cooperate with landowners to meet local energy needs.

Providence Heights

Bureau County (2008)

36 Gamesa

72 MW

2nd phase of the Crescent Ridge Wind Farm.

Erie Community Unit School

Whiteside County (2008)

1 Vensys

1.2 MW

Sherrard High School

Mercer County (2008)

1 Vestas

0.66 MW

Grand Ridge I, II, III, and IV

LaSalle County (2008-2009)

140 GE Energy

210 MW

Great Escape Restaurant

Schiller Park, IL (2009)

"Big Windy"

108 kW

First wind turbine in Cook County.

Aldridge Electric

Lake County (2009)

1 custom

50 kW

City of Geneseo

Geneseo, IL (2009)

2 Vensys

3 MW

Gob Nob

Montgomery County (2009)

1 Emergya

0.9 MW

Rail Splitter

Tazewell County (2009)

67 GE Energy

100.5 MW

Eco Grove

Stephenson County (2009)

67 Acciona

100.5 MW

Top Crop I and II

LaSalle County (2009-2010)

200 GE Energy

300 MW

Richland Community College

Decatur, IL (2009)

1 Northern Power

0.1 MW

Lee-DeKalb Wind Farm

Lee and DeKalb Counties (2009)

145 GE Energy

217.5 MW

Porta High School

Menard County (2009)

1 custom

0.6 MW

Other World Computing

Woodstock, IL (2009)

1 Vestas

0.5 MW

Arends Brothers

Melvin, IL (2009)

1 Northern Power

0.1 MW

Cayuga Ridge South Wind Farm

Livingston County (2009)

150 Gamesa

300 MW

Pigeon Creek

Adams County (2009)

1 EWT

0.9 MW

Libertyville Turbine

Lake County (2009)

1 custom

0.05 MW

Walnut Ridge

Bureau County (2010)

100 Suzlon

210 MW

Big Sky Wind Facility

Bureau and Lee Counties (2011)

114 Suzlon

239.4 MW

White Oak Energy Center

McLean County (2011)

100 GE Energy

150 MW

Settler's Trail

Iroquois County (2011)

94 GE Energy

150 MW

Pioneer Trail

Ford and Iroquois Counties (2011)

94 GE Energy

150 MW

Brown County Wind Turbine

Brown County (2011)

1 Vensys

1.5 MW

California Ridge

Champaign and Vermilion Counties (2012)

134 GE Energy

200 MW

Bishop Hill I and II

Henry County (2012)

183 GE Energy

292.4 MW

Shady Oaks

Lee County (2012)

73 Goldwind

109.5 MW

First wind farm in America to use Goldwind turbines.

Baileyville Wind Farm

Ogle County (2012)

40 Gamesa

80 MW

Eve Wind Turbine

Lee County (2012)

1 Clipper

2.5 MW

Heartland Community College

McLean County (2012)

1 Vestas

1.65 MW

Minonk Wind Farm

Woodford and Livingston Counties (2012)

100 Gamesa

200 MW

Panther Creek

Pike County (2014)

75 Suzlon

158 MW

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